New Delhi: Backing the process of caste-based census that kicked off in the capital on Monday, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit contended it would formulate more inclusive policies for the weaker sections.

Talking to reporters after chairing a cabinet meeting in Delhi, Dikshit said India is a developing nation and both economic and caste aspects were important for evaluation. In a bid to provide social justice, identification of the weaker section of the society is essential, she added.

The process of census which will be completed in 45 days has been determining on the basis of caste and economic conditions. And in order to speed up the process tablet computers are also being given to census officers.

In the context of the census issue about 36 questions are being asked to the people which are listed below importantly regarding the number of houses being owned or rented, whether they possess household commodities like TV, refrigerator, car and internet connections.   

Speaking on the issue of VAT collection as discussed in the cabinet meeting, Sheila Dikshit said, there is a need of addition of further details in this regard.

"Our VAT commissioner was also present and we discussed the need for some additional information to strengthen statistics," she said.

(JPN/ Bureau)