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DMK asks Centre to release Census info on caste

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DMK president M Karunanidhi has urged the Centre to immediately release the caste data enumerated under the Socio Economic and Caste Census 2011 so that appropriate upward revision could be done in reservation. “The caste data should be released immediately, delaying it will not do any good for Other Backward Classes,” he said. He urged that the reservation for OBCs, Scheduled Castes and Tribes must be upwardly revised after consideration of the caste data. “I urge the Centre to focus on formulating new schemes for their (OBCs, SCs, STs) socio-economic upliftment,” the DMK chief said. Referring to the huge data on socio-economic status released by the Centre, he said, “We do not understand why they say that the data on caste will be tabled in Parliament when they have put out so much on socio-economic front.” He quoted Chairman, National Statistical Commission Pronab Sen as saying that the caste details will be tabled in Parliament at the appropriate time. PMK and Rashtriya Janata Dal have already demanded release of caste details of the Census, he said.

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