Barring STs, SCs, no caste Census since independence, says govt
In the joint statement formulated by the opposition alliance I.N.D.I.A. on July 18, the 26 opposition parties promised the implementation of a caste census
The central government has not enumerated caste-wise population other than Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs) in the Census since independence, the Lok Sabha was informed on Tuesday, July 25.
Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai said some political parties and a few organisations have requested to collect caste details in the forthcoming Census.
He said in the Census, the castes and tribes which are specifically notified as Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs) as per the Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Order, 1950, and the Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order, 1950, as amended from time to time, are enumerated.
"The government of India has not enumerated caste-wise population other than SCs and STs in Census since independence," he said, replying to a written question.