According to the order issued by the Department of Social Justice and Empowerment, the Rajasthan government will conduct the survey with its own resources for collecting information and figures related to social, economic and educational level of all its citizens.
Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot had earlier announced that the state will conduct a caste-based census. The Bihar government had also conducted a similar exercise recently.
Bihar caste survey data spurs demands from other states
“Similar to the caste census in Bihar, we will conduct a caste census in Rajasthan. We’ll implement the concept where reservation allocation will be based on caste-wise participation,” Ashok Gehlot had said.
The report of the caste-based survey conducted in Bihar was released on October 2 by the Nitish Kumar-led Mahagathbandhan government. The Congress is an ally of the government in Bihar.
A nationwide caste census is a key agenda of the opposition INDIA bloc, which believes it will help the alliance in the forthcoming elections in the Hindi heartland where caste politics plays a key role.
The 2023 Rajasthan assembly election is expected to be held in or before December this year.
Earlier in Chhattisgarh, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Friday asserted if Congress is re-elected to power in the state, a caste census will be conducted in the state.
“I announce that if Congress repeats government in Chhattisgarh, then like Bihar, we will also hold caste census in the state,” Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said at a public event in poll-bound Chhattisgarh’s Kanker.
The Bihar government released caste survey data showing that the Other Backward Class (OBC) and Extremely Backward Class (EBC) together account for 63 per cent of the state’s population.