RSS is against caste-based census: Joshi
First Published : 23 May 2010 05:59:30 PM ISTLast Updated :
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
RSS has been striving to build a casteless society, he added
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
"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.
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