OBC Census: OBCs not to be counted in Census’ second phase


In spite of the central government mentioning that the other backward castes (OBC) should be counted as a separate category in the Census, officials said that they have not received any directives. The second phase, which will take off on February 9, will have different categories for the third gender, while the commercial sex workers will be put in the category ‘others’ unlike the traditional practice of counting them as beggars.

The officials from the census operations have clarified that they have received no directions about the counting of the OBCs as independent category. However, Sameer Bhujbal, MP, who has been batting for the separate category of the OBC in the census, has claimed that the caste-wise census will be undertaken between July and September 2011. “I have been told by registrar general of the union home department that the proforma of the caste based census is being finalised and it will be undertaken in the later phase,” he said.

All the primary schools run by the BMC in Mumbai will remain shut during the second phase. “The primary teachers from the aided schools are also part of the drive. There would be no need to shut the schools if the teachers work for four additional hours. Right To Education Act or the Central Act nowhere demand for their exclusion,” said Ranjit Singh Deol, director of census operations, Maharashtra.






Separate OBC count from June to Sept


NEW DELHI: A separate caste census exercise will begin in June, and be completed within four months, by September.

Announcing the timeframe during his Budget speech, finance minister Pranab Mukherjee, said, “In response to the overwhelming demand for enumeration of castes other than Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes in Census 2011, it has been decided to canvass caste as a separate time-bound exercise.”

Funds in the Budget for census surveys and statistics, therefore, saw a substantial increase — from Rs 2,793.62 crore in 2010-11 to Rs 4,123.62 crore in the next fiscal year. It is meant for both the ongoing census as well as the separate caste census later. At present, the 15th Census exercise is being conducted. Enumerators across the country completed the headcount on Monday. Compilation of statistical data on different socio-economic parameters will be done over the next few months.

Read more: Separate OBC count from June to Sept – The Times of India http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Separate-OBC-count-from-June-to-Sept/articleshow/7598700.cms#ixzz1FaoTKf9w

TAMBRAS for caste-based census


The Tamil Nadu Brahmins’ Association has expressed its support to caste-based census and directed its members to extend full cooperation to officials in this exercise, according to N. Narayanan, State president of the association.

He was speaking at “Mupperum Vizha” held at Vriddhachalam on Sunday.

Mr. Narayanan felicitated K. Thirumalai, president of the Manjakuppam branch of the association, for social services done by him over a period of time. The association also felicitated V. Arunachalam, president of the Vriddhachalam branch, and centenarian Balarama Sastri.