PATNA, Aug 25:Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar on Friday said the caste-based survey in the state
has been completed and the state government would soon make the data public.
He asserted that the caste survey would be beneficial for all sections of the society.
Talking to reporters here, Kumar said, “The caste-based headcount exercise in the state has been
completed. Now the data is being compiled and it will soon be made public”.
“The caste-based survey in the state is beneficial for all. It will enable the government to work for
the development of various sections of society, including those who are deprived. This will help us to
know which areas require development. Let the detailed data come, I am sure that other states will
also follow it”, he said.
On some political parties opposing the caste-based headcount, Kumar claimed that the decision to
hold the caste-based survey was taken after a unanimous decision taken by the leaders of all
political parties, including the BJP, in the state.
“I am not bothered about what they (BJP) are saying. I can say that the survey report will help the
government in better implementation of welfare schemes for socially and economically
disadvantaged groups. We have been in favour of the caste census right from the very beginning”,
he said, adding that “we decided to conduct the caste survey on our own.”
Commenting on the Centre’s move seeking permission from the SC to file its response in the ongoing
hearing on caste-based survey, Kumar said, “The SC never gave a direction to put the exercise on
hold. The Patna HC had dismissed a batch of PILs challenging the validity of the Bihar caste survey,
terming the state government’s initiative perfectly valid and legally competent. The state
government resumed the exercise and completed it”.
The CM said, “Why is the Centre maintaining silence over the delay in the decadal census. The
exercise should have been completed in 2021. They (BJP leaders) must say something about the
already delayed 2021 decadal census.”
The Centre recently moved the SC seeking permission to intervene in the ongoing hearing in the
apex court on a batch of petitions challenging the Patna HC order which upheld the state’s decision.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta recently submitted that the issue may have a ramification and the
government should be allowed to file its response on legal issues involved in the case without taking
sides. Agreeing with his plea, the SC granted one week time to the Centre to file an affidavit and
posted the hearing to August 28 on petitions against the Bihar government’s decision to hold the
caste survey. (PTI)