AP govt to begin comprehensive caste census on Dec 9: Information Minister

Though initially the caste census was announced to cover the 139 Backward Classes (BC) communities, now its scope includes all castes in Andhra Pradesh, the release said.

Amaravati: The Andhra Pradesh government will begin a comprehensive caste census on December 9 to enumerate all castes, Information and Public Relations Minister C Srinivasa Venugopala Krishna said on Friday.

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Noting that completing the caste census is a major goal of the YSRCP government, the minister said, “It is important to have a caste census to transform the living standards of people”.

Noting that there has been no caste census in India post independence but only a population census, the minister said that the government is eliciting opinions from caste representatives across the state, an official press release said.

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Exuding confidence that the state would conduct the caste census in a fair and comprehensive manner, Krishna said Andhra Pradesh’s enumeration exercise will emerge as a role model across the country.

He asserted that Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy is renowned for ensuring social justice, and claimed that opposition parties are shivering at the mere mention of a caste census.

Though initially the caste census was announced to cover the 139 Backward Classes (BC) communities, now its scope includes all castes in Andhra Pradesh, the release said.

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