Saturday, May 8, 2010

Caste ^ Census || Census

Few days back i was flipping channels on TV and suddenly i came across a discussion in the parliament. This was regarding "Census".For all of those who are wondering what "Census" means,here is some light on cenus:

"A census is the procedure of systematically acquiring and recording information about the members of a given population. It is a regularly occurring and official count of a particular population.The term is used mostly in connection with national population "

There was a debate going on between the ruling party and some other politicians whether or not to include caste in census.It had brought out many opinions about the after effects of inclusion of caste in census.
Some of the politicians say that its good to include caste in cenus while others protested againt this[they think that we shouldnt divide the country based on caste/creed].I personally feel the inclusion of caste in census is very beneficial.Our's is a vote-bank driven political system. We cannot completely remove reservations and other amenities provided for the backward classes .Census provides us with value information while we are dealing with reservations for various classes of people in the country.Hence passing these bills using this valuable data as a reference would lead to framing up of more accurate and meaningful policies.

Apparently this might seem to be highly beneficial for decision making process,but still we have some practical problems with it:

--The enumerators for this particular program, who carry out this process by issuing a questionnaire cannot really verify whether the details given by people are valid or not.

--Adding to this we may find various political parties using these details for knowing the composition[which may benefit them during elections] of our country.

There should be some approach by means of which we can fight all these pragmatic issues.The information should be precise and must not go into the wrong hands.I [just like many more indian's] am waiting for the Prime Minister's decision on this issue.

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