Govt in process of taking decision on caste-based census: PM

As several parties continue to press for a caste-based census, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today said the government was in the process of taking a decision on the issue.

Updated: May 24, 2010, 19:07 PM IST

New Delhi: As several parties continue to
press for a caste-based census, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
today said the government was in the process of taking a
decision on the issue.

"I made a statement in Parliament in which I said that
we shall take into account the views expressed in Parliament
by various sections ...and that I will ask the Cabinet to
consider them. That process is on," Singh said replying to a
question on the issue.

He said "discussion on the issue will take place in the
Cabinet and whatever decision is taken it will be brought
before the people."

Political parties, including the Samajwadi Party, the
RJD and the JD-U have been strongly demanding inclusion of
caste in the census exercise. The issue figured prominently in
the just-concluded budget session of Parliament.

Caste-based census was last conducted in the country in
the year 1931.

PTI