The survey was started in August.
The Commission headed by Justice A J Sadashiva was formed by the State government in September 2005 to ascertain whether privileges provided to SC and its sub castes under Clause 15 and 16 of the Constitution to ensure overall progress of the Scheduled Castes.
According to 2001 census, Kodagu district had total of 5.5 population, of which 67,000 people were belonging to Scheduled Caste. Further, of the 101 sub castes of Scheduled Caste, Adi Karnataka, Adi Davida, Adi Andhra are some of the prominent ones.
While there was a opinion that only countable sub castes have been enjoying all the benefits of reservation, the Government felt that there was a need to ensure that benefits of reservation are enjoyed by all the sub castes equally. Hence, the need for the survey was felt.
Whether the benefits of the Constitution are reaching the SC and its sub castes, If not, what is the reason? How are the SCs and the sub castes making use of the privileges ensured to them in the Constitution? What can be done to wipe off the imbalance and ensure equal distribution of facilities to people of all sub castes are some of the points that the Commission was supposed to look at.
District Social Welfare Officer Rajesh Gowda said that all the preparation for the survey works have been done in Kodagu district already. House block print under Form-I and attachment of house list to Form-2 has been completed. Under Form-2(A), all details related to house list and 95 other vital details will be collected under Form-3.
Deputy Commissioner is the Principal Surveyor. Zilla Panchayat CEO assists the DC in supervision. District Social Welfare Officer is the Commission’s Communication liason officer.
Tahshildars of three taluks are the incharge officers along with Madikeri City Municipal Council Commissioner, Somwarpet, Virajpet, Kushalnagar Town Panchayat Chief Officers who are the incharge officers at the respective limits.
As many as 266 enumerators have been appointed along with 50 supervisors. He said that members of the target community must give all details to the enumerators who come to their door steps to collect information. After the survey, he said that a report will be submitted to the government with appropriate suggestions.
It is said that the Government intends to provide inner reservation by providing facilities to SCs and sub castes based on their population, however, the Commission has not clarified on this point.
A zonal-level meet will be held on October 25 in Mysore in presence of Justice A J Sadashiva. Officials from Mysore, Kodagu, Hasan, Mandya, Chikmagalur and Chamarajanagar districts will participate in the meet.