Will caste census be conducted across the country now?

-After Nitish-Naidu's stature increases, Modi faces a big challenge

New Delhi. After not getting the magic number of 272 on its own, the coalition government formed with BJP's allies will face a big challenge to conduct the census, especially the caste census.

The challenge is because the NDA government led by acting Prime Minister Narendra Modi never openly refused for this. But it was also not in favor of conducting caste census. Now that all the equations have changed after the results have come. In such a situation, it will be a big challenge for the new government to be formed under the leadership of Narendra Modi along with its allies to conduct caste census. Whether BJP wants it or not, but some allies will be in favor of conducting caste census especially in the census. The work of delimitation can be started only after conducting the census.

The issue of caste census will gain momentum again

In this matter, in July 2021, the government was asked a question on caste census in Parliament. Responding to which, the government had said that SC-ST will be counted in the census as before. That is, the government had no intention of counting OBCs and other castes. The Bihar government had also released the figures in October 2023 by conducting caste census in its state. The opposition had been constantly targeting the Modi-led government over the fact that the government is not willing to conduct caste census. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi also surrounded the government several times on this issue.

When was the census conducted for the first time

After 2011, for the first time in 150 years, it happened that the census was not conducted in the country after 10 years, whereas in 1872, during the time of British Viceroy Lord Mayo, the first census was conducted in the country. However, the first complete census in India was done in 1881. Since then it has usually been done every 10 years. After 1949, it started being conducted by the Registrar General and Census of India under the Union Home Ministry.

Big challenge before the new government

The last census was conducted in the country in 2011. After this it was to be done in 2021. But it was postponed due to the Corona epidemic. The opposition kept raising the demand for conducting caste census in it. But the government was not in favor. On September 20, 2023, acting Union Home Minister Amit Shah had said during the discussion on the Women's Reservation Bill that the work of census and delimitation would be done after the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. In such a situation, now after the formation of the new government, the first big challenge before the government will be to conduct caste census in this census as well.