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Centre cheating backward classes people by not releasing 2011 Caste Census data: CWC

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New Delhi: The Congress Working Committee expressed its deepest condolences to the people of Sikkim and of the Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Kurseong hills on the unprecedented floods and the tragic loss of many lives, including personnel of the Indian armed forces. The CWC in its meeting emphasized the importance of cumulative and credible environmental impact assessments in ecologically vulnerable Himalayan regions to avoid the repeat of such disasters in the face of climate change. The CWC called on the Union government to provide all necessary assistance to Sikkim and the hill regions in the north of West Bengal. The CWC also reiterated its appeal to set aside partisan politics and declare last month’s tragedy in Himachal Pradesh as a national disaster.

Also, the CWC welcomed the release of the caste survey/headcount conducted by the state government of Bihar. The disparity between representation and share in population revealed by the final figures of the survey highlights the urgent need to take effective steps to ensure social justice. The CWC also welcomed the objective of the Justice Rohini Commission of sub-categorization within OBCs, but underlined that it will remain incomplete without detailed data on the socio-economic position of various communities, which can be obtained either from the still unreleased data from the 2011 Socio Economic and Caste Census or a fresh Caste Census.

These developments show the critical importance of a nationwide Caste Census which will reveal an accurate picture of the socio-economic position of communities across the country and provide a sound, data-driven basis for policies to strengthen the foundations of social justice and ensure inclusive development. The Modi government has cheated the OBC communities and other deprived sections of the country by not releasing the data of the 2011 Socio Economic and Caste Census and not carrying out a fresh Caste Census; it has also failed in its Constitutional duty by inordinately postponing the decadal Census that ought to have been conducted in 2021 or soon thereafter. It is a matter of shame that India remains the only country in the G20 that has failed to carry out the Census. Moreover, the demand for the Caste Census was repeatedly expressed state after state by multiple delegations during the Bharat Jodo Yatra.

It has condemned the Modi government’s raids on dozens of journalists and writers, and the invocation of anti-terror laws. The conspiracy theories floated by the government only exposes its own monumental hypocrisy in accepting donations from Chinese companies to PM CARES Fund and investments from China’s government-owned companies, its inability to control the zooming imports from China, and worst of all the Prime Minister’s clean chit to China on 19th June, 2020, when he denied all Chinese transgressions at our border.

The CWC also expressed its dismay and anguish on the war that has broken out in the Middle East where over a thousand people have been killed in the last two days.

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