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Karnataka caste census to focus on economic status

Anil Urs Bengaluru | Updated on January 24, 2018

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and Cabinet colleagues at a meeting with Deputy Commissioners in Bengaluru on Monday. He urged the officials to ensure timely completion of the caste census - K MURALI KUMAR

Census to be conducted from April 11 to 30

With the aim of preparing tailor-made schemes for districts, regions and communities, the Karnataka Government will focus on education and economic status of communities in the caste census it proposes to undertake.

The last such census was held way back in 1931.

“The census will be conducted from April 11 to 30. We want to study the economic status of 1.25 crore households in the State and publish the final report by June this year,” said Minister for Social Welfare H Anjaneya.

He said the State government has enlisted 1.33 lakh enumerators, mainly school teachers, to cover 30 districts and 12 municipal corporations.

Enumerators will spend 30 to 45 minutes at each household, collecting information on caste, size of each family, job status of its members and their education and economic status.

As per the census manual published for enumerators, the government has listed over 1,300 castes, 101 scheduled castes sub-castes and around 50 scheduled tribes.

Tie-up with BEL

For speedy data collection and interpretation, the government has roped in public sector Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL).

“Enumerators in their 20-day data collection drive will have to meet 120 to 150 households and deposit the data sheets at the Tahsildar’s office,” Anjaneya said.

“At the Tahsildar’s office, 150 to 200 data entry operators will help feed the data on to the BEL developed software to be collated at the headquarters in Bengaluru,” he added.

“The census findings will help us analyse the socio-economic condition of each caste. No other State in the country has attempted such a census,” said a senior government official.

The State government in its 2014-15 Budget allocated ₹170 crore for the census work and has entrusted the State Backward Classes Commission to coordinate and submit the report.

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said, “I have met all Deputy Commissioners, Zilla Panchyat CEOs and Corporation Commissioners and instructed them to help complete the census on time.”

Published on January 05, 2015

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