इंडियन आवाज़     25 Feb 2024 04:38:28      انڈین آواز

Expert group to classify Caste Census before making it public

46 lakh Caste/Sub Caste / synonyms/ surnames/ clan/ Gothra in country

Andalib Akhter /

arvind panagariyaGovernment today set up an expert group to classify the Caste/Tribe data of the Socio Economic and Caste Census (SECC), 2011. States have been asked club caste, sub caste, clan, Ghtra etc. to make the date easy. Finance minister Arun Jaitely while briefing media said there were 46 lakh caste, sub caste and Ghotra in the country and states have been asked to club them. Government has not given any time frame for the process.

Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, gave its approval for forming an expert group under the Chairmanship of Arvind Panagariya, Vice-Chairperson, NITI AAYOG, to classify the Caste names returned in the Socio Economic and Caste Census, 2011 (SECC).

The expert group will be serviced by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment and Tribal Welfare. Other members will be nominated by the two Ministries.

On May 19 2011, the Central Government had decided to collect data on Caste through the SECC vide the then Cabinet’s approval. The SECC was conducted by the respective State/UT Gojanta parivarvernments. The field survey on economic data has since been completed and the socio economic data relating to rural areas has been released by the Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD). The work on urban data is under progress. According to the earlier decision of the Union Cabinet of 19th May 2011, the Government was to constitute an expert group to classify the Caste/Tribe returns at an appropriate time.

Accordingly, the Cabinet reviewed the status of the SECC and has decided to form an expert group under the Chairmanship of Arvind Panagariya. The enumeration has thrown about 46 lakh Caste/Sub Caste names/ synonyms/ surnames/ clan/gothra names. The Expert group has been assigned to classify this data.

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