New Delhi: The JD (U) Chief Sharad Yadav slammed the Central Government move to carry out a caste-based census along with Below Poverty Line survey here on Saturday.

He said that the move is against the assurance and commitment provided by the government and demanded that cast-based census should be conducted along with general census.

On the lines of Election Commission, a separate BPL commission should be constituted for surveying those living below poverty line, said Sharad Yadav.

The Central Government prepared to conduct caste-based census along with Below Poverty Census.

Ministry of Rural Development and Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation Ministry will identify the people from financially weak background on the basis of fixed criterion apart from asking their caste. Sharad Yadav has raised his objection over this.

He blamed that both the ministry are not qualified of conducting caste-based census. It should be carried out along with general census, he said while talking to reporters.

The government is repeating the mistake it did in 2002 for conducting BPL census. The government has fixed a criterion of Rs 447 income in advance. Because of such mistakes the 2002 census was surrounded by controversies, he reminded.

“BPL census can be conducted if there is a separate commission,” said Sharad Yadav.  



(JPN/Bureau)