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Decades After Mandal Commission Report, 2021 Census To Record OBC Data For The 1st Time

ANANYA BHATNAGAR | 0
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| September 1 , 2018 , 12:56 IST

Decades after the Mandal Commission's report on the reservation system, the central government on Friday announced that the Census in 2021 will for the first time count the Other Backward Classes (OBC).

The 2021 Census will for the first time collect the data related to the Other Backward Classes (OBC), a statement by the Ministry of Home Affairs said.

According to media reports, the census will help to answer the Supreme Court’s queries on the scientific basis of reserving 27% reservations to OBCs, which was done after the Mandal Commission recommendations were accepted by the VP Singh government and later implemented by the Narasimha Rao government.

The statement read, “The Union Home Minister discussed the roadmap for undertaking the Census in 2021 and it was emphasized that improvements in design and technological interventions be made so as to ensure that the Census data is finalized within 3 years after conducting of Census.  At present it takes around 7 to 8 years to release the complete data.  It was also informed that nearly 25 lakh enumerators are trained and engaged in the gigantic exercise and accurate collection of data will be ensured in Census 2021.  It is also envisaged to collect data on OBC for the first time. Use of maps/georeferencing at the time of house listing is also under consideration.”