- Waiting for the report of Rohini Commission, the policy of watch and wait for the time being
- Allies are also vocal after Nitish announces caste census in Bihar
Recently, the Modi government, which has taken two important decisions related to OBC interests, can approve the caste census. Due to Corona, the national census process has not started yet, so the government is not showing haste on the caste census. The government is currently adopting a watch and wait for a strategy on this issue. The government is also awaiting the report of the Rohini Commission in this regard.
In fact, the stand of many opposition parties and constituents of the government is also vocal on this issue. Parties like JDU, Apna Dal, RPI are continuously demanding caste census. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Leader of Opposition in the state assembly Tejashwi Yadav and leaders of several parties of the state are scheduled to meet the Prime Minister on Monday on the issue.
Nitish’s bets increased stir
Nitish is the most vocal on this issue. The state assembly has twice passed a unanimous resolution in support of the caste census. Nitish has announced to conduct a separate caste census in Bihar if there is no caste census at the national level. Bihar is the most ethnically sensitive state.
This can be gauged from the fact that in the nineties, in Mandal versus Kamandal politics, wherein Uttar Pradesh the politics of Kandal dominated the Mandal, in Bihar, Lalu Prasad Yadav emerged as an invincible leader. In such a situation, if the government distances itself from the caste census, then in Bihar the BJP may have to suffer political losses. This is the reason why Nitish’s bet has increased the stir in this matter.
why not in a hurry
The round of discussion has started in the central government on this issue, but it is not in a hurry. The first phase of census work, which was postponed due to Corona, is now expected to start next year itself. At the same time, its second phase will start in 2023, which will include subjects like census, language, literacy, migration.
Obviously, in such a situation, the basic work of the census will start from 2023 and will continue till the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. Therefore, the government is in no mood to show haste on the question of caste census.
What is Rohini Commission
To balance OBC reservation, the government has constituted Rohini Commission, whose report is yet to come. The commission has received extensions several times. It is expected that the commission will submit its report by the end of this year.
Political agitation is expected to intensify after the report comes. At present 2,700 castes are included in OBC. Of these, 1700 castes are still deprived of the benefits of reservation. According to an estimate, about three dozen castes included in OBC are getting 70 percent benefit of reservation.
Chief Minister considering caste census in Karnataka too
Caste census is also being considered in Karnataka. Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Sunday said that the government is considering it, but the matter is still pending before the court and the Backward Classes Commission. Asked about the proposed meeting by the ten parties with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Bommai said that any person or party is free to meet the Prime Minister or any other leader in this matter.