19 Jan 2024

This state becomes second state after Bihar to conduct caste based census

Amaravati: Andhra Pradesh Government on Friday launched its comprehensive caste based census in the state. Information and Public Relations Minister C Srinivas Venugopal Krishna said that this cewnsus will be done for 10 days from January 19. 

“The comprehensive caste-based enumeration will last for 10 days in the first phase and will be extended by four-five days,” he told media. The minister mentioned that volunteers would go door-to-door to collect details under the caste census. Andhra Pradesh has become the second state after Bihar to conduct caste based census.

Krishna said that each volunteer will collect information about 50 families. Officials in the Village Secretariat system will verify the accuracy of the information collected by the volunteers and correct it, if necessary, before creating the final records.

Census would be completed before election notification: Krishna

Krishna expressed confidence that the entire counting process would be completed before the election notification is issued around February 15. Krishna said YSR Congress Party has set a goal of conducting caste based enumeration as it feels that the living standard of the people can be improved on the basis of the data collected through it.

Krishna said there are many castes that have not received the benefits of welfare schemes and caste-based enumeration will help address this. Earlier, Krishna had said that after independence, caste-based enumeration was not done in the country and the government only conducted the census. Initially it was announced that only 139 backward castes would be included in the caste-based enumeration, but now all castes of Andhra Pradesh have been included in its scope.

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