Bhubaneswar: The State Government today formally moved the Centre seeking to conduct socio-economic caste enumeration simultaneously along with the general census 2021. On January 11, the State Cabinet headed by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik passed a resolution in this regard.
The State Government wants the Central Government to conduct the caste enumeration either by inserting suitable columns in the existing census format or by prescribing a separate format for a simultaneous enumeration of socially and educationally backward classes (SEBC) and other backward classes/castes (OBC).
Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy wrote a letter to Union Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba requesting him to consider the proposal for conducting census of SEBC and OBC category community-wise in census 2021.
Tripathy in a letter to Gauba said, “The State Cabinet held on January 11 has resolved to request Government of India for conducting Socio-Economic Caste Enumeration along with the general census, either by inserting suitable columns in the census format or by prescribing a separate format for simultaneous enumerations of SEBCs and OBCs. This shall enable the identification of the socio-economic and educational status of this category of populations.”
“As you are aware no formal census including the caste details of the population has been carried out since 1931. It is felt that due to non-availability of reliable and authentic data about the exact number of SEBCs and OBCs, it has become an impediment in taking up focused planning for the welfare of these communities,” said Tripathy.
“Odisha Government has an abiding commitment for inclusive growth and it is imperative that the State Government’s proposal is considered,” said the Chief Secretary.