Moily Committee report and other stats
A lot is happening on the OBC quota front.
The Moily Committee report is out. It is available at the Oversight Committee website at http://oversightcommittee.gov.in/ (125 Pages)
I am still in the process of reading it. I think Mr Moily has done a good job. I really applaud him for taking a bold view on the creamy layer issue and including the Appendix in the report. Please read the Appendix. There are some facts about the regional distribution of OBCs in it.
One key statistic that we would like to see is the regional variation of OBCs. How “OBC Heavy” or “SC Heavy” or “ST Heavy” is a particular state ?
To get this statistic we need.
- Population data of each state. This is readily available on the census website http://www.censusindia.net/results/rudist.html. This link contains total population of each state as well as the rural / urban divide in each state.
- OBC/SC/ST/Other breakup of each state. This is available for SC/ST in the 2001 census, but not available for OBCs after 1931. We cant use 1931 numbers anyway because the OBC list may not have been the same and/or the geographical boundaries of states were different. This apart from the fact that Pakistan, Bangladesh, Burma were considered part of India. The best non-census source is the NSSO survey done in 1999-2000. This contains SC/ST/OBC/FC breakup for the major states. This is available here http://mospi.nic.in/mospi_nsso_rept_pubn.htm. Download the file named 87th Issue of Sarvekshana towards the bottom of the page. You have to register on this website firsit. This survey contains a breakup of SC/ST/OBC/Others for each one of the major states into rural and urban tables.
- Squish these two reports (the census and NSSO) together and you can obtain the “loading” factor of different states.