Caste census should ensure scientific count of OBCs: CPI-M

2010-08-12 18:10:00

The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) Thursday said that the
proposed caste census should ensure a 'scientific count' of Other
Backward Classes (OBC).

Party leader Sitaram Yechury told reporters outside parliament that an
OBC count would provide information about numbers of the community
which had been given reservation benefits by the government.

He said that methodology of the OBC headcount had to be decided by the

'The count should be done scientifically. It is for the government to
decide how to do it,' Yechury said.

Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee said Thursday that the Group of
Ministers on caste-based census tasked to look into the demand had
given the green signal to go ahead, but the final decision on 'how and
when this should be done' would be taken by the cabinet.

Mukherjee headed the ministerial panel.


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