An early census count ?
The 100th post of Reality Check India has some positive news.
It seems the Indian Express has access to a draft of a parliamentary panel on OBC quotas.
The parliamentary standing committee on education is set to recommend a survey of Backward Castes in order to ascertain the “relative backwardness of BCs,” and subsequently ensure that the benefits of reservation go to the “genuinely deserving, who would be handicapped without it.”
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Observing that there is “major limitation on historical data about the socio-economic position of OBCs,” the committee said a “comprehensive survey of population to bring out the social, educational and economic profile of each caste/community,” is required. The report says one such survey should be done immediately and should be part of the Census.
Way back in August, this blog said that among all the alternatives, Karnataka had the best system. It looks like we might be headed towards a Karnataka style quota system where the OBC quota is split into 5,6, or even larger sub groups.
This committee is recommending a comprehensive survey of population to bring out the social, educational, and economic profile of each caste or community. This would provide us access to not just OBC data but data on individual castes within the OBC group (Yadavs, Vokkaligas, Ezhavas, Gounders, Mudalis, Chetties, etc). The committee goes further and says this survey must be done immediately. This is good news, there is no harm advancing the census by 3-4 years to collect this data because we are on the verge of a dramatic quota regime. The bad aspect of caste census is that our dream of a casteless society may go out the window for now, but that has already happened due to caste quotas.
The only thing worse than caste quotas is caste quotas without data.
So, in a perverse way, let us welcome being compulsorily counted on our caste.
Clap clap !