New Delhi, May 26: The government on Wednesday, May 26 decided to set up a Group of Ministers (GoM) to take a view on the controversial issue of caste-based census.
According to official sources , the Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, discussed the issue over which the Cabinet seems to divided.
The Cabinet decided that a GoM should take a view on the issue. The GoM is likely to be headed by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee.
Lot of the Union Ministers from Cabinet Law Minister Veerappa Moily and some others are pushing for caste-based census, while some like Home Minister P. Chidambaram has reservations about it.
Several political parties, including Samajwadi Party, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and Janata Dal (United ) have been pushing for caste-based census but the government is moving cautiously on the sensitive matter.
Prime Minister has assured that the decision on this issue will be taken with consideration of all the members in the Paliament.
“I made a statement in Parliament in which I said that we shall take into account the views expressed in Parliament by various sections ...and that I will ask the Cabinet to consider them. That process is on,".