Move on caste census hailed

TNN, Aug 13, 2010, 06.45am IST

NAGPUR: Akhil Bharatiya Mahatma Phule Samata Parishad on Thursday
organised a small celebration at the RBI square here, welcoming the
decision of the group of ministers on caste-based enumeration.
Parishad's city president and NIT trusteeKishor Kanhere garlanded
Ambedkar's statue amid bursting of firecrackers and playing of band.

Speaking on the occasion, he said the Samata Partishad, under the
leadership of Chhagan Bhujbal, was fighting for the cause for the last
17 years. It had been demanding inclusion of caste in the national
census process. The demand was raised so that the other backward
classes (OBCs) which were denied their due as per their strength would
get a better deal. Kanhere said he had filed a petition in the Supreme
Court in the matter where a decision was pending. "The pressure on the
government finally worked. The announcement on the caste count is an
Independence day gift for millions of OBCs in the country," said

The Samata Parishad has thanked Bhujbal, BJPgeneral secretaryGopinath
Munde , Janata Dal(U) leaderSharad Yadav and MP Sameer Bhujbal for
forcefully pleading the case for enumeration of OBCs. For last seven
decades no such exercise was done to find out the numbers of the OBCs.
As a result, the community was not getting proportionate share in
national planning process and welfare schemes and reservation in jobs
and elections, said Kanhere.

Frustrated over the indecision of the Union government on the caste
count, the Samata Parishad had threatened a huge protest rally at
Ramlila grounds in Delhi on August 23.

Despite major political parties extending support to the demand for
caste count, the UPA government had not been able to take a final
decision on it even as the census operations began early this year.
Now the government has decided to register the caste count separately
in December.

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