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Only Centre Can Conduct Caste Census, Supreme Court Told

New Delhi:

Hours after a bit of its affidavit within the Supreme Court docket mentioned that “no different physique is entitled to conduct the train of both Census or any motion akin to it”, the Centre has now dropped the mentioned paragraph. The event got here after the controversial paragraph drew sharp reactions from some Bihar leaders because it was seen as a problem to the caste survey within the state.

The affidavit mentions that beneath the Census Act, solely the Authorities is empowered to conduct a census.

The Bihar authorities, in an earlier listening to, had knowledgeable the Supreme Court docket that an train of conducting surveys of the caste census within the state was carried out by August 6 and the info gathered uploaded by August 12.

The affidavit got here per week after the highest courtroom allowed Solicitor Basic Tushar Mehta, representing the Centre, to file its response on the difficulty inside seven days after he mentioned the survey might have some penalties.

Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav has hit out on the Centre for submitting the affidavit. “They haven’t any data. They solely know easy methods to lie and suppress the reality. They’ve opposed it even within the affidavit. It has been made clear that the BJP doesn’t need it (caste census) and is opposing it. In the event that they assist it, then they need to conduct it (caste census) throughout the nation,” he mentioned.

Senior BJP chief and former deputy Chief Minister of Bihar Sushil Modi, nevertheless, mentioned that his get together helps caste census however “based on the Census Act, solely the Centre can conduct a caste survey.”

The Authorities mentioned that it’s dedicated to taking all affirmative actions for the “upliftment of SCS/STS/SEBCs and OBCs in accordance with the provisions of the Structure of India and the relevant legislation.”

Numerous petitions have been moved within the Supreme Court docket difficult the Patna Excessive Court docket judgment upholding the caste survey ordered by the Bihar Authorities.

Within the August 21 listening to, the highest courtroom instructed the petitioners that it could not keep the train except they made out a prima facie case in opposition to it.

The Patna Excessive Court docket had earlier dismissed the pleas difficult the Nitish Kumar authorities’s determination to conduct the survey primarily based on castes. The excessive courtroom had mentioned in its 101-page verdict, “We discover the motion of the state to be completely legitimate, initiated with due competence with the professional intention of offering growth with justice….”

The Bihar caste survey would cowl an estimated inhabitants of 12.70 crores in an estimated 2.58 crore households in 38 districts, which have 534 blocks and 261 city native our bodies. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar insists that the caste survey could be helpful for all sections of society.

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