Congress Demands Updated Census for Social Justice

The Congress has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to announce when the updated census will be conducted, demanding it include data on Other Backward Classes (OBCs). The Congress argues this is crucial for social justice and socioeconomic development. The last census was scheduled for 2021 but was not completed.

PTI | New Delhi | Updated: 10-06-2024 10:40 IST | Created: 10-06-2024 10:40 IST
Congress Demands Updated Census for Social Justice
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The Congress on Monday pressed Prime Minister Narendra Modi to promptly disclose the timeline for the updated census. The party emphasized that the census must include data on Other Backward Classes (OBCs) to embody the true essence of social justice enshrined in the Constitution.

Congress leader Jairam Ramesh underscored the importance of conducting a comprehensive census every ten years for socioeconomic development, a practice followed by the Union government since 1951. The last census was due in 2021 but remains incomplete.

'One immediate consequence of not having conducted the 2021 census is that at least 14 crore Indians are being deprived of benefits under the National Food Security Act, 2013, repackaged as PM Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana,' Ramesh stated.

He further noted that the decennial Census has historically provided data on the population of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes and stressed the necessity of including Other Backward Classes (OBCs) in the updated census. 'This will give true meaning to social justice enshrined in our republic's Constitution, which has just been saved from an assault by Mr Modi, his cheerleaders, and drumbeaters,' he added.

In its Lok Sabha poll manifesto, the Congress had pledged to conduct a nationwide caste survey.

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