Mumbai: Prominent backward community leaders
from Maharashtra, including Deputy Chief Minister Chhagan
Bhujbal, on Saturday welcomed the government`s move for considering
first caste based data in a census after 1931.
"We welcome Prime Minister Manmohan Singh`s assurance of
including OBCs in census and also thank senior leaders for the
same," Bhujbal said here.
"It will now be possible to ascertain exact figures of
OBCs in the country," he said.
RPI leader Ramdas Athawale said he was grateful to the
prime minister and the UPA government for the decision to have
a caste-based census.
"When I was an MP, I had made the demand twice in Lok
Sabha," Athawale said.
The prime minister had assured the Lok Sabha yesterday
that the government would soon take a decision on the
Opposition demand for a caste-based census.
"I am aware of the views of the Members of Parliament
belonging to all sections. I assure you that the Cabinet will
take a decision shortly," Singh had said in a brief statement.