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Is That What Really Counts?

Both corporates & politicians are opposed to a pioneering survey

Is That What Really Counts?
Atul Loke
Is That What Really Counts?
outlookindia.com
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The caste-based census in Karnataka is the first in Independent India:
  • It will cover 1.18 crore households across the state
  • Private-sector employees are also in its ambit. Many corporates are reluctant to part with such information.
  • The survey has a budget of Rs 21.5 crore from the Centre. The state government has chipped in with Rs 2 crore and has promised an additional Rs 17.5 crore.
  • The census will cover 64 parameters
  • Many politicians are wary that the survey may throw up figures not conducive to their caste-based politics.

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This is a census like no other, and one that could prove controversial. The Karnataka State Commission for Backward Classes (KSCBC) is embarking on a massive caste census for the first time since Independence. Besides covering 1.18 crore households across the state, it will also look at the private sector—which is where it runs into resistance. The commission has...
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