No division in union cabinet on caste-based census: Moily

Law Minister M Veerappa Moily on Wednesday said differing views on caste-based census does not mean division in the union cabinet.

Last Updated: May 05, 2010, 21:50 PM IST

New Delhi: Law Minister M Veerappa Moily
on Wednesday said differing views on caste-based census does not mean
division in the union cabinet.

He said that in an argumentative society like India,
there are many views. But this does not mean there are
divisions in the cabinet or the party.
He was responding to questions on the lack of consensus
in the union cabinet meeting yesterday on caste-based census.

The OBC leader said caste-based census would be
"appropriate" and "more authentic" because no caste-based
data is available with regard to the OBCs since 1931.

Asked about reported reservations of Home Minister P
Chidambaram to caste-based census, Moily said he was not
opposing but only representing the views of the Home Ministry.

Moily`s cabinet colleague Farooq Abdullah said the
discussions to explore views on caste-based census were for
the next census and not the exercise currently underway.
"There is no question of division... The census has
already started. So, it is not possible to do it in this
census... I don`t think it is possible this time to introduce
this," Abdullah, Minister for New and Renewable Energy, told
reporters outside Parliament.

"If it had to be done for this census, this discussion
should have been held earlier," said Abdullah who had
participated in the discussions on the issue in the cabinet
meeting.

PTI