Modi Government says no to caste-based census

New Delhi: In an answer given to the MP of the Rajya Sabha, the government has made it clear that it has no intentions of doing a caste-based census in 2021.  

The question was put up by Shri Vishambhar Prasad Nishad in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday. The Social justice Minister Dr. Virendra Kumar has stated that since the Independence, the Government of India has never collected caste-based data other than Scheduled Castes and Tribes. 

The staunch stand of the Modi government on caste-based census comes at such a time when its own allies are putting pressure on doing the caste-based census. 

Earlier it was reported that Apna Dal (S) has become the second political party allied with the BJP after JDU to demand a caste-based census in India.

No change in stand’

As calls for a caste-based census grow, a delegation of Janata Dal (United) MPs, led by party president Lalan Singh, had met Union home minister Amit Shah in the first week of August. However, the government has cleared the fog by declaring that they are not interested in doing a caste-based census. 

Although Nitish Kumar has already declared that if the center will not entertain their demand then they would do a caste-based census in their state.

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