New Delhi: An 11-member delegation, led by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar met Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss the issue of caste-based Census. Besides Nitish, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav, too, strongly called for the exercise.
After the meeting on Monday morning, Nitish Kumar and Tejashwi addressed the media.
According to the leaders, the caste-based Census will benefit the poor. “People of Bihar and the entire country are unanimous on this issue. We are thankful to the PM for hearing us out. Now, he will have to take a decision on it,” said Nitish Kumar.
Tejashwi added, “If tree and animals can be counted, why not castes? If the government does not have scientific data on the population, how will it be able to prepare welfare policies?”
Besides them, Mukesh Sahani of Vikassheel Insaan Party (VIP), HAM’s Jitan Ram Manjhi and other leaders of Bihar, too, were present at South Block for the meeting.
Manjhi said that caste-based Census had been a long-standing demand by Bihar.
The issue had arisen again after the government’s statement in the Parliament that populations of only SCs and STs were proposed for enumeration.
The Congress has said that a caste-based Census was required to assess the situation on the ground as reservation for backward classes has crossed the upper limit in at least 30 states and Union territories.
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