Hyderabad: All India OBC Students Association (AIOBCSA) has urged all the members in the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha to raise Caste Census demand in Parliament.
In a letter, addressed to 542 Lok Sabha and 237 Rajya Sabha Members, a copy of which was released to the media here on Wednesday, AIOBCSA President Kiran Kumar requested the MPs to raise the demand for conducting Caste Census 2021 in Parliament.
AIOBCSA also started the #ConductCasteCensus campaign in Universities to send 1 lakh postcards and 10 lakh tweets to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him to take a favourable decision.
Since independence, The Registrar General and Census Commissioner have been collecting data related to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes.
The Kaka Kalelkar Commission, or the first Backward Classes Commission, and the Mandal Commission or the Second Backward Classes Commission depended on 1931 Census data for estimating the social, educational, and economic backwardness of the Other Backward Classes (OBCs).
The social, educational, and economic data of various castes are crucial for evidence-based public policies.
The reliable data related to social and educational backwardness is needed to convince the Judiciary to extend reservations beyond the 50 per cent ceiling.
States like Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh are providing less than 15 per cent reservations to OBCs.
Hence, we need contemporary and reliable data on various castes to make decisions related to reservations and other social welfare policies.
State assemblies – Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Telangana have passed the resolutions and urged the Union Government to conduct the Caste Census.
In this background, AIOBCSA requested MPs to raise the issue of conducting the Caste Census in the winter session of the Parliament that is scheduled to start from November 29, Mr Kiran said in his letter.