Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot Announces Caste Census, Following Bihar’s Footsteps

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot Announces Caste Census, Following Bihar's Footsteps

Understanding the Need for Caste Census in Rajasthan

In a significant move echoing Bihar’s progressive approach, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has declared the initiation of a comprehensive caste-based census in the state. This momentous decision was unveiled after a state party gathering in Jaipur, where Gehlot emphasized the significance of this initiative.

Inspired by Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s pioneering efforts in Raipur, the Rajasthan government is gearing up to conduct an exhaustive survey, mirroring the successful model employed in Bihar. Gehlot highlighted the core principle underlying this census: active participation in alignment with the population of each caste.

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The Blueprint: Rajasthan’s Approach to Caste Census

Addressing the media, CM Gehlot elaborated on the methodology adopted in Rajasthan. “We will follow the footsteps of Bihar and ensure that every segment of our society is accurately represented. It is vital to understand our demographic landscape, as this knowledge forms the bedrock of targeted policymaking. By comprehensively analyzing the population of various castes, we can tailor-make welfare schemes to address their unique needs and challenges,” Gehlot stated.

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A Cogent Argument for Caste-Based Data

The announcement comes from Bihar’s groundbreaking caste census report, released by the Nitish Kumar-led Mahagathbandhan government. This report illuminated the intricate tapestry of Bihar’s demographics, revealing that the Other Backward Class (OBC) and Extremely Backward Class (EBC) collectively constitute a substantial 63% of the state’s population. With its diverse and vibrant social fabric, Rajasthan stands to gain immensely from such detailed insights.

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The Social Security Imperative

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot underscored the vital role of caste-based data in the context of social security. “To ensure effective social security measures, we must have a nuanced understanding of our society’s composition. Different castes are engaged in varied occupations, each with its unique challenges. By discerning the exact population of every caste, we can craft specialized initiatives that uplift the underprivileged and bridge societal gaps,” he emphasized.

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Congress’s Vision: A Pan-India Perspective

Rajasthan’s move towards a caste census is not an isolated one. In Chhattisgarh, Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra echoed similar sentiments. She reaffirmed Congress’s commitment to this cause by addressing a public gathering in Kanker.

“If Congress regains power in Chhattisgarh, we will embark on a caste census akin to Bihar’s exemplary model. This data is invaluable; it guides us towards equitable policies that leave no section of society behind,” she declared passionately.

In conclusion, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot decision to conduct a caste-based census is a testament to the state’s commitment to inclusive development. Rajasthan is poised to usher in an era of targeted, informed, and impactful governance by emulating Bihar’s successful approach and acknowledging the diversity within its borders. This pioneering step is a beacon of progress, illuminating a more equitable society.

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