Census 2021 may skip caste count

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  1. Census 2021 is unlikely to collect “caste wise” data. This is because the Socio-Economic Caste Census had collected data on caste however, it was difficult to tabulate the data. The data is yet to be released by the Centre.
  2. The Census 2021 would restrict itself to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes data.
  3. A census of population is the total process of collecting, compiling, evaluating, analysing and publishing demographic, economic and social data of all the population, pertaining at a specific time.
  4. A systematic and modern population census, in its present form was conducted non -synchronously between 1865 and 1872 in different parts of India
  5. However, the first synchronous census in India was held in 1881. Since then, censuses have been undertaken uninterruptedly once every ten years.
  6. The Indian Census collects Socioeconomic and demographic characteristics at the individual level and data on Housing amenities, household goods at the household level
  7. Census 2011 was the 15th National Census of the country.
  8. The Socio Economic and Caste Census (SECC) was conducted in 2011 by the Ministry of Rural Development and Ministry of Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation in rural and urban areas respectively.
  9. SECC-2011 data are used for implementation of various programmes including Pradhan Mantri AwaasYojana-Gramin, Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana-National Rural Livelihood Mission and Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana etc.