Caste to be included in Census: Government

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Rajya Sabha
New Delhi, Aug 31: The central government decided to include caste in census and it is expectedly supported in the next cabinet meeting.

Pranab Mukherjee, the finance minister, informed that there was no need for any "apprehensions" over the issue as all political parties had supported the idea of including caste in census.

The finance minister announced the decision On Tuesday, Aug 31, after opposition parties asked in the Rajya Sabha about the Government's promise on caste census.

The Group of Ministers (GoM), which examined the issue, has decided that caste census should be carried out during house enumeration exercise.

"It is now a matter of formality," said Mukherjee and also reminded that after suggestions for inclusion of caste in census were received, he had written to political parties and most of them have responded "positively".

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