New Delhi: The much awaited comprehensive caste census kick-started in Bihar on Friday. It is a gigantic exercise undertaken across the country after a gap of 80 years and first time since independence.

In the general census (conducted after every 10 years), only religious groups, dalits and tribals are enumerated whereas the ongoing Socio-Economic and Caste Census (SECC) will also identify households living below poverty line (BPL).

The state government has directed all district magistrates to take the census work seriously. The state government has also decided to use photography and videography of the proceeding.

Bihar is the first state to employ such technology. The state government believed that is will drastically reduce data entry errors and enumerator discretion.
The state cabinet last week gave its approval for SECC under a central government scheme.

A sum of Rs. 189.23 crore will be spent in the state on this exercise.