Caste inclusion in census not discussed in Cabinet meet

The much-awaited discussion on inclusion of castes in the ongoing census exercise could not take place in the Cabinet meeting tonight, sources in the government said.

Updated: May 06, 2010, 22:33 PM IST

New Delhi: The much-awaited discussion on
inclusion of castes in the ongoing census exercise could not
take place in the Cabinet meeting tonight, sources in the
government said.

This was due to the absence of Home Minister P
Chidambaram as also Law Minister M Veerappa Moily who were in
the Lok Sabha attending business.

The discussion which took place in Tuesday`s cabinet
meeting remained inconclusive as some of the Ministers could
not put forth their views.

The Government is expected to reveal its stand on the
issue tomorrow in the Lok Sabha when Chidambaram replies to a
discussion on inclusion of castes in census.

Leaders cutting across party lines have supported
inclusion of castes in the census exercise during the
discussion in the Lower House.

A Law Ministry proposal on uniformity in the age of
chairpersons of various Tribunals could also not be taken up
as Moily was also in the Lower House for the passage of a bill
on establishment of Legislative Council in Tamil Nadu, the
sources said.

A Home Ministry proposal to restructure the New Delhi
Municipal Corporation (NDMC) following delimitation could also
not be taken up.

Soon after the Cabinet meeting, RJD President Lalu
Prasad and Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav met
Finance Minister Mukherjee.

"We discussed the issue of caste census," Prasad said.
Yadav said he raised the issue of water crisis in Bundelkhand.

PTI