Caste-based census starts in national capital

Last Updated: Monday, January 16, 2012 - 16:02

New Delhi: As the process of carrying out a
caste-based census kicked off in the capital on Monday, Delhi
Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit backed the effort, contending it
would help formulate more inclusive policies by identifying
the weaker sections.

Talking to reporters after chairing a cabinet meeting
in New Delhi, Dikshit said India was a developing nation and both
economic and caste aspects were important for evaluation.

Asked her opinion about caste-based enumeration, she
said, "It is the government`s decision and has to be done".
"It is important that these things are evaluated in India
to find out which sections are weaker and need to get social
justice. This census will help formulate processes in this
direction as information is gathered till micro level,"
Dikshit said.

Speaking about the cabinet meeting where the issue of VAT
collections was also discussed, she said there was need for
more detailed information to be collected.

"Our VAT commissioner was also present and we discussed
the need for some additional information that is needed to
strengthen statistics," she said.


First Published: Monday, January 16, 2012 - 16:02
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