“Zyada der nahin lagega (It will not take long). Every political party will be asked to give its opinion in the all-party meeting before taking further steps for caste census. The government will consider the suggestions before presenting the proposal before the state cabinet. I have already informed the leader of opposition, Tejashwi Prasad Yadav, when he recently met me over the issue,” Nitish told mediapersons on the sidelines of a Buddha Jayanti function in Patna.
Caste census work to start after cabinet nod: Nitish
CM Nitish Kumar on Monday said the caste census work would start after the state cabinet’s approval. “Caste census will be done in a proper way. Preparation for deputation of officials for this purpose is also being looked into,” Nitish said.
He said the all-party meeting could not be convened earlier because of the Covid-19 pandemic and involvement of people in the byelections apart from a few other important engagements.
An all-party delegation from Bihar led by Nitish had met PM Narendra Modi on August 23 last year with the demand of conducting caste census across the country, though junior home minister Nityanand Rai, a BJP leader from the state, had categorically said in the Lok Sabha that this was not possible.
A few day ago, BJP leader and state agriculture minister Amrendra Pratap Singh had said there was no need of conducting a caste census in the state. Earlier, many other state BJP leaders openly spoke against holding it in Bihar after the Centre turned down the demand.
The long-pending demand was revived in July 2021 after the Union government informed the Lok Sabha that it would not enumerate population caste census, except for the SCs and STs.
Earlier, Bihar assembly had unanimously passed a resolution on February 18, 2019 and again on February 27, 2020, in favour of caste-wise enumeration of population. Both the resolutions were sent to the Union ministry of home affairs with a request to hold caste census along the Census-2021.