MINISTER OF THE STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF HOME AFFAIRS (SHRI GURUDAS KAMAT)
(a) to (c): The question on caste was canvassed in all Censuses up to 1941. Comprehensive tabulation
was, however, done only up to 1931 Census. In 1941 Census, only a limited tabulation was undertaken.
As per policy decision of the Government, data relating to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes
is being collected from 1951 Census onwards. Information relating to castes/OBCs other than
Scheduled Castes (SC) and Scheduled Tribes (ST) has been given up as a matter of policy from 1951 Census.
State wise SC and ST population as per 2001 Census are enclosed (Annexure I & II)
(d) & (e): Yes Madam. The Union Cabinet in its meeting held on 9th September, 2010 has approved the
recommendations of the Group of Ministers (GoM) to canvass âcasteâ of all persons as returned by them
as a separate exercise.
The Government has decided to canvass âcasteâ of all persons as returned by them as a separate exercise,
after the population enumeration phase of the 2011 Census is over, from the month of June 2011 and complete
it in a phased manner by September 2011.
(f) & (g): Yes Madam. The Government has received several representations/ proposals/ requests/ suggestions
from MPs, MLAs, Ministers, Ex-CMs/Ex-MPs, etc. and several other quarters including some State Governments/
State Government Organizations and Political Parties for conducting caste wise/ OBC census in 2011 Census
in the country. Some of them are as mentioned below:
Representations for conducting caste wise/ OBC census have been received from: (i) Dr. M. Veerappa Moily,
Minister of Law and Justice, Government of India, (ii) Shri V. Hanumantha Rao, MP (RS), (iii) Kum. Mayawati,
Chief Minister, Uttar Pradesh, (iv) Shri Nikhil Kumar, Governor of Nagaland, (v) Shri Sameer Bhujbal, MP
(Lok Sabha),(vi) Dr. Ejaz Ali, MP (RS) (vii) Shri Haribhau Rathod, MP (LS), (viii) Shri N. Chandrababu
Naidu, President, Telugudesam Party, (ix) Dr. C. S. Dwarakanath, Chairman, Karnataka State Commission
for Backward Classes, Government of Karnataka, (x) Prof. Kirpal Singh Badungar, Chairman, Punjab State
Backward Classes Commission, Government of Punjab, (xi) Resolution adopted by the Andhra Pradesh Legislative
Council favouring enumeration of BCs in Census 2011, (xii) Secretary, Other Backward Classes Commission,
Government of Uttarakhand, (xiii) Shri A. N. Sardar, Assistant Commissioner for Reservation, Backward
Classes Welfare Department, Government of West Bengal, and many others.
(h) : Detailed modalities of conducting Caste-wise Census are in the process of finalization and the
estimated cost would be worked out thereafter.