Chhindwara: Union Finance Minister
Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday justified the demand for conducting a
caste-based census in the country and said it should not have
been discontinued post-independence.
"The caste-based census was last conducted in the year
1931 and the practise should have continued in
post-Independence period also but it did not happen. Now the
UPA government has taken an initiative in this regard,"
Mukherjee told reporters here.
Mukherjee arrived here along with Union Minister for
Surface Transport Kamal Nath to take part in a loan mela
organised in the latter`s constituency.
On the issue of Women`s Reservation Bill, he said it will
be discussed in the next session of Parliament.
He said the Centre has raised the limit of turnover tax
from Rs 40 lakh to Rs 60 lakh.
"In the year 1984, I had raised the limit of turnover tax
to Rs 40 lakh. After that, many Finance Ministers have come
but nobody thought about it and now in the year 2009-10,
we have raised its limit," Mukherjee said.
Earlier, Mukherjee distributed loans worth Rs 75 lakh
to nearly 11,500 persons.
Speaking at the venue, Nath gave credit to Mukherjee for
bringing him in the field of politics and recalled that in
the year 1984, the Finance Minister had inaugurated the
Chhindwara-Seoni Regional Rural Bank.
He alleged the BJP government in Madhya Pradesh believes
in the politics of hatred and misleading people but it is now