Caste census results to be submitted in 45 days: Kantharaj

 Karnataka State Backward Classes Commission Chairperson H Kantharaj was speaking about the caste-based census and the delay in submitting the findings at a public hearing held in the city.
Zilla Panchayat: Karnataka State Backward Classes Commission Chairperson H Kantharaj said that the findings of the caste census would be submitted in the next one-and-a-half month.

Speaking to mediapersons after holding a public hearing in the city on Friday, he said that it was impossible to expect cent percent results from any kind of census.

He noted that the commission was yet to receive data from a few districts and that the process was in the final stages and had been digitised. The commission would be able to submit the report in the next 45 days.

Explaining the process he said that the commission received data from the districts which would be compiled and submitted to the state government. The commission, moreover, had entrusted the task of digitizing to the Bharat Electronics Ltd. The digitization has been carried out across the state by an estimated 1.6 lakh personnel from April 11 to May 30, 2015.
Stressing on the coverage of the census he said that he was not in a position to comment on the percentage of the coverage achieved during the caste census. He further noted that it was not possible to accomplish cent percent coverage of the population.
Kanthraj noted that there was delay by more than two months due to the elections across the state which had kept the district-level officers engaged. Now the officers have been directed to expedite the work, he added.
Reacting to Kadugollara Hitharakshana Samiti’s proposal for a separate graveyard for the community Kantharaju said that dedicating graveyards to specifics castes would propagate the practice of untouchability. So even in death, caste would emerge a winner, he noted.
The Samiti members said that though the community was included in 1A category they were deprived of availing basic facilities that they were entitled to.

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