Hyderabad: Telangana Assembly on Friday unanimously passed a resolution urging the Central government to conduct caste-based Census for Backward Classes during the upcoming population Census to identify socially, economically, and educationally backward communities and increase reservations proportionate to their population.
The resolution was moved by Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao during the question hour. He said a caste Census will help formulate better policies and schemes for Backward Classes or Other Backward Classes whose population is more than 50 per cent in the country.
He added that Telangana is the fifth Indian state after Odisha, Bihar, Maharashtra, and Jharkhand to pass such a resolution.
Earlier on Tuesday, KCR had asked why the Centre was objecting to conducting a caste-based Census? What is the reason? Is it justified? he had asked.
Caste Census means the inclusion of caste-wise tabulation of India's population in the Census exercise held every 10 years.
From 1951 to 2011, every Census in India has published the population of Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs), comprising Dalits and Adivasis, along with the gamut of data, including religions, languages, and socioeconomic status. It, however, has never counted OBCs, the lower and intermediate castes which roughly constitute about 52 per cent of the country's population. All castes other than SCs and STs are marked in the 'General' category.