In a move considered politically sensitive ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, government has decided to collect data on Other Backwards Castes (OBCs) in Census 2021.
The disclosure of the decision to collect the OBC data came after Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh reviewed the preparation for the Census 2021.
The National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO), a wing of the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, had announced a sample survey report on the country’s population in 2006 and suggested that the OBC population in the country is around 41 per cent of the total population. The NSSO had enumerated 79,306 households in rural areas and 45,374 in urban regions.
The ruling government is expected to highlight the decision to collect OBC data in the 2021 census in the run up to the 2019 Lok Sabha polls as several OBC groups have been demanding for it for long.
In 2011, the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government had conducted the Socio Economic and Caste Census and its findings were released on July 3, 2015 by the present National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government.