Work in progress for socio-economic, caste census
statesman news service
New Delhi, 7 October
Work on preparing the ‘draft list’ of the Socio Economic and Caste Census is nearly complete in West Bengal but a number of key Congress-ruled states such as Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Assam are lagging behind.
“In West Bengal, the draft list will be ready by October 20 while work has been completed in Haryana, Nagaland and Sikkim," the Rural Development Minister, Mr Jairam Ramesh, said. The draft lists for Gujarat, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh are also expected to be completed by 31 October, he added.
“This census will provide lists of households that are homeless and those having ‘kachha’ houses (poor quality). No more reference will be made to the BPL list and Indira Awas Yozana from April 1, 2014 will be implemented based on it,” Mr Ramesh said.
The list will be ready for Uttarakhand by 15 October, he said, while the lists for poll-bound Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh would be completed only after 8 December.
The minister said the work is being completed with an estimated expenditure of Rs 3,400 crore.
“It was a gigantic task. A total of 25 crore families across the length and breath of the country were enumerated as the system involved 2.5 crore blocks and each block had about 100 families,” Mr Ramesh said.
Observers said even as the UPA has passed the Food Security Bill, the basis on which the beneficiaries would be identified, 75 per cent in rural and 50 per cent in urban areas, would await the conclusion of the socio-economic census exercise which was launched in June 2011.