Friday, May 7, 2010

[ZESTCaste] LJP supports caste-based census

LJP supports caste-based census

New Delhi, May 7 (PTI) Supporting the demand for a caste- based
census, LJP today said government should undertake the exercise as it
will give a clear picture of the population of different castes living
in the country.

"Some castes say that they are 52 per cent, Some say they are 20 per
cent....There are several castes which have no mention in any list,
neither they are backwards nor Dalits. We demand census on caste
lines. There is no harm in it. Caste- based census was last done in
1931," LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan told reporters here.

Noting that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh assured the Lok Sabha today
that government would take a decision shortly in the matter, Paswan
said, "We will welcome the move if government decides to conduct
caste-based Census."

Paswan underlined that no system has damaged the country to the extent
the caste system has done.

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