NEW DELHI: The decision to collect data on Other Backward Castes (OBCs) in the 2021 Census seems to be a “mischievous step” of the Government to further divide the population, Opposition leader Sharad Yadav said on Saturday.
He also demanded that the Government ensure comprehensive data about all castes and religious groups, including forward castes, backward castes, scheduled castes and scheduled tribes in this Census.
He said the people of the country should know as to what percentage of a community is living in the country and noted that the data on upper castes and other non-reserved categories are also vague.
“This makes it difficult to empirically prove the extent of dominance that upper castes have over wealth and power in the country,” Yadav said in a statement.
Caste enumeration, he said, will help the Government in deciding its schemes and policies for the reserved classes and also puncture the claims of inflated numbers of some castes which are often claiming their reservation. (AGENCIES)