Nagpur: Rashtriya Swayayamsewak Sangh (RSS)
has opposed the idea of caste-based census during the
ongoing national census programme.
"The RSS is following the principles of late dalit leader
Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar. Right from the beginning, RSS is in
favour of a casteless society and any attempt to dilute it
will hurt the sentiments of people," RSS general secretary
Bhaiyyaji Joshi told a press conference here today.
RSS has been striving to build a casteless society, he
Joshi said government should fix some criteria for giving
reservation to other backward communities (OBCs). "There
should not be any hurry and government should initiate a
national debate on it. There needs to be a dialogue with
various social groups in this regard," he said.
When his attention was drawn towards BJP`s demand for
inclusion of a provision of `OBC category` in the national
census records to identify OBC population, Joshi evaded a
direct reply saying it was for the BJP to decide.
"There is no provision for identifying and separating the
illegal migrants in the country while preparing the National
Population Register (NPR). This will prove to be a threat to
the national security and integrity," he said.
Preparation of a multi-utility identity card on the basis
of NPR will be incorrect, he said. "Therefore, RSS demands
that identity cards be issued only after verification
of nationality and the nationality provision should be the
basis for NPR," Joshi said.