New Delhi: Amidst the political disparities between the UPA government and its counterparts in the states, the weaker section of the society seems to be badly hit as the first ever ‘Socio-Economic and Caste Census (SECC)’ in the country has landed up in an absolute mess.

Ironically, the SECC, which was to be completed by December last year, is far from being complete as most of the states, particularly the non-Congress, have not even initiated the program.

It is noteworthy that the first ever census, based on caste to assay the socio-economic graph of the Indian populace, has soon landed up in controversy as many of the states expressed their disagreement over the basis of the census and termed it impractical.

Non-Congress states including Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal and Tamil Nadu have highlighted flaws in the UPA version of carrying out the census in the country.

These states have moreover, not even commenced the process. In Maharashtra, the census has been carried in only 5 percent of the total area.  Besides this, the process is in shambles in the Congress-ruled states including Delhi and Kerala. 

Notably, delay in the census will have an adverse effect on the poverty alleviation and welfare schemes of the government. 

However, Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh has expressed his hope that the entire program will be completed by June 2012, but the prevailing political dimension downplays all the claims.

Sources said, the Centre has sought all the state governments to take up the issue with immediate effect and expedite the process.

JPN/Bureau