Bhujbal demands separate census of OBC’s in the state like Bihar

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Nashik, (UNI) : Chhagan Bhujbal On OBC | On the lines of Bihar, which has recently started the caste-wise census, the former Deputy Chief Minister Chhagan Bhujbal has requested the Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to conduct a separate census of backward classes in Maharashtra. (Chhagan Bhujbal On OBC)

 

Bhujbal made this demand through a letter written to Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.

Tamil Nadu, Chhattisgarh and many other states have also conducted OBC census and they have used it for the development of the state. Our demand for caste-wise census is pending for the last several days in Maharashtra as well. The subject of the census is related to the central government. However, the central government has expressed its inability to conduct a separate census of other backward classes. Therefore, the state government has said that a separate census of OBCs should be conducted like the Bihar government.

 

Caste-wise census of Scheduled Castes and Tribes in the country has been taking place for the last one and a half hundred years. Based on that information, development plans, welfare programs and financial provision are made for this class. This third backward class came into existence in the country as per the recommendations made by the Mandal Commission in 1980 for the backward class of citizens i.e. Other Backward Classes, Freed Castes, and Nomadic Tribes.

 

But while providing constitutional protection to it, the reason of not knowing the population comes forward as there is no census every time. The first thing the British did when they conquered India was to start a caste-wise census every 10 years. He felt that a census was necessary to study who was to be ruled. This work was done regularly for sixty years from 1871 to 1931. This work was disrupted in 1941 World War. After independence, the Government of India adopted a policy of enumerating only Scheduled Castes and Tribes by caste and all others together. Chhagan Bhujbal has said that backward class OBCs have been deprived due to this.

 

In 1946 Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar in his “Who was Shudra before?” This book on OBCs called for an OBC census. He wrote that it is necessary to know the obstacles of OBCs. The first National Commission for Backward Classes (Kalelkar Commission) in 1955 called for a separate OBC census. Chhagan Bhujbal also said that in the year 1980, the Second National Commission for Backward Classes (Mandal Commission) again recommended a separate OBC census.

 

The National Commission for Backward Classes appointed by the Central Government in the year 1994 convinced the government for the third time how OBC census is necessary. On May 5, 2010, 100 MPs along with Samir Bhujbal, then Member of Parliament from Nashik of NCP, Gopinathrao Munde passed a resolution for OBC census. For that, I myself had made all-round efforts under the leadership of respected Sharad Pawar. Out of that, the Center conducted Social and Economic Caste Census (SECC 2011) in 2011 to 2014.

 

However, Chhagan Bhujbal has also said in the letter that the data has not been given to the states.

 

The National Development Council and the Central Planning Commission have decided to conduct an OBC census to plan policies for education, employment, shelter, and health of the OBCs.

 

The OBC Census was recommended by the Standing Committee of the Social Justice Department of the Parliament (Sumitra Mahajan Committee). In this regard, a unanimous resolution has also been passed in the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly.

 

In order to ensure that the provisions for the OBC community are effectively implemented, the then Speaker of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly, Nana Patole, has passed a resolution that the 14th Legislative Assembly of Maharashtra is recommending to the Central Government to conduct a caste-wise census of the OBC community during the general census in 2021. On January 8, 2020, the resolution itself was presented in the Legislative Assembly. And it was unanimously approved. Hundreds of councils, institutions, organizations are insisting on OBC census. If there is no OBC census, funds cannot be planned for the overall development of this backward society. Chhagan Bhujbal says that this calculation should be done on the basis of caste.

 

The main question is development. It is a constitutional right of OBCs. By denying it, education, employment, health and shelter are being denied to this artisan class [Balutedar-Alutedar] who have been backward for centuries. So OBC is still backward even after 75 years of independence. Bihar has taken up that task.

 

We should do it too. Tamil Nadu conducted a caste wise census. Hence, this state ranks first in the human Development Index in the country today. The regular decennial census of the year 2021 will be conducted by the state government. Even in this census, caste-wise census of the state can easily be done by the same system at minimum cost. Therefore, Chhagan Bhujbal has written a letter to the Chief Minister demanding that the Maharashtra government conduct a census of other backward classes, freed castes, nomadic tribes and special backward classes, just like Bihar.

 

 

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