Hyderabad: Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao who extended his support for the caste-based census, finally today unanimously passed a resolution seeking the Centre to take a caste-based census in the country.
In the Assembly meeting held this week, he had demanded the centre to implement reservations based on population ratio. He said that the centre has fixed the reservations of SC at 15 percent at the national and state levels but the population of scheduled castes (SCs) has increased across the country including Telangana.
The debate on the Constitution (127 Amendment) Bill, 2021 during the Monsoon Session of the Parliament witnessed wide participation with many opposition members raising demands for a caste-based census. According to the Comprehensive Household Survey, there are about 1.03 crore families including 18.22 lakh Dalit families in Telangana. He said that the percentage have increased because the survey was conducted five-six years ago.
Caste census means the inclusion of caste-wise tabulation of the population of India in the census exercise held once in 10 years. From 1951 to 2011, every census in India has published the population of SC/ST, comprising the Dalits and the Adivasis, along with data including religions, languages, socioeconomic status, etc. There was no data related to OBC’s, the lower and intermediate castes which roughly constitute about 52 percent of India's population. All castes other than Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes have been listed in the general category.