Chief minister Nitish Kumar who chaired the all-party meeting, said, “we will conduct a caste-wise count, not census.”
The BJP, which has been expressing its reservations over the nation-wide caste-based count, also attended the all-party meeting and gave its nod for the caste-wise survey of population in Bihar.
Prominent leaders of all nine political parties which have presence in the state assembly, participated in the all-party meeting and unanimously decided to hold the caste-wise count of population.
The last caste-wise census in the country was held in 1931 during British rule.
Briefing media about the all-party meeting, CM Nitish Kumar said, “All political parties unanimously decided to hold caste-wise count in the state. Detailed information about every person would be collected. Enumeration works would be executed at a faster pace.”
Nitish also said all persons who would be engaged for the caste-based count would be properly trained. Soon, the proposal would be formally approved by the state cabinet. The state government would also make arrangements of necessary funds for the enumeration works.
The CM also said advertisements about the survey would be published in all newspapers so that all people would be aware about the government’s move. The cabinet would also fix a time-frame for completing the enumeration work, Nitish said.