Ramdas Athawale, a minister in the Modi government, has demanded a caste census.
Indore: Amid intensifying politics on the issue of caste census in the country, Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Ramdas Athawale said that the Republican Party of India (A) is in favor of the caste census. The party is of the opinion that the central government should consider the counting of citizens on the basis of caste.Also Read – Minister of Modi government said – Sonia Gandhi should have become PM in UPA government, because when Kamala Harris…
The Union minister’s statement comes at a time when the government recently told the Supreme Court that the caste-based census of backward classes is “administratively difficult and difficult” and such information should be excluded from the purview of the census. Making a “cautious policy decision”. Athawale, who represents the Republican Party of India (A), said on a question during a conversation with reporters in Indore, “My party is of the opinion that there should be a census on the basis of caste. We are of the opinion that the government should consider it.” Also Read – Caste Census Update: Modi government bid in Supreme Court – caste census of backward classes is administratively difficult
He said that his party does not believe that casteism will be encouraged by conducting a caste census in the country. Athawale said that his party is of the opinion that Kshatriya castes in different states should also be given reservation in government jobs and education on the basis of their population. On the confrontation between Rajputs and Gujjars regarding the caste of Emperor Mihir Bhoj, the Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment said that both the communities should move forward by finding a joint solution to this dispute. Also Read – There could be a big setback for BSP if BJP contests elections with us: RPI leader Ramdas Athawale
Asked about the precedent of the historic Indira Sawhney case regarding the ceiling on caste-based reservation in the country, Athawale said, “The Supreme Court has said that the reservation limit cannot be increased beyond 50 per cent. But there is no such law. The Supreme Court has only given its opinion in this regard.” He claimed that after an amendment of the Constitution, the state governments have got the right that they can consider giving more than 50 percent reservation to the deprived sections in total, if needed.