Saturday, July 24, 2010

[ZESTCaste] Govt again asks parties to send views on caste census

Govt again asks parties to send views on caste census
TNN, Jul 24, 2010, 03.27am IST

NEW DELHI: Sensing trouble over the demand for caste census in the
Parliament session starting Monday, the government has urged political
parties to submit their opinions to finance minister Pranab Mukherjee
who is heading a GoM on the issue. Parliamentary affairs minister
Pawan Kumar Bansal said the government will take it further once the
replies are received.

Bansal told reporters on Friday that a few replies had been received
to the letter written by Mukherjee to political parties seeking their
views on including caste as a factor in census.

Also, the Centre has listed the women's reservation bill in the
agenda, raising speculation if it will be brought to Lok Sabha. "We
hope to bring it in the LS. Mukherjee has announced in Lok Sabha that
we will bring it after consultations with all concerned. We will carry
out some consultations," Bansal said.

While the Centre had committed to consider the demand for caste census
in the last session, the failure to clinch the issue may see OBC
chieftains stall Parliament.

The coming Bihar polls have led to aggression among OBC leaders and
rivals Lalu Prasad and Sharad Yadav may adopt a tough posture in

The monsoon session starting Monday will have 24 sittings over 33
days. There are key bills like civil nuclear liability bill which the
Centre is keen to pass.

Following longstanding opposition from Trinamool Congress chief Mamata
Banerjee, the twin bills of Land Acquisition Amendment and R&R have
been officially taken off the priority. The RD ministry has not listed
them for consideration, realising that government would be unable to
move further on them.

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