Govt not enthusiastic on caste survey: BC panel chairman

Govt not enthusiastic on caste survey: BC panel chairman

“It has been two weeks since the High Court gave a direction to the government to chalk out the schedule of the survey, in consultation with the Commission. However, the government has not contacted the Commission so far,” Dr Dwarakanath told media persons here on Saturday. He was in the City to take part in the Helava community convention.

Union government has sanctioned Rs 21.50 crore for the survey while the State government, as against the request for Rs 17.50 crore has sanctioned only Rs one crore saying that the balance will be released after the available sum is spent. “Caste survey is a gargantuan task with a sample size of six crore people and 1.18 crore households and requires one lakh people. Lukewarm response by the government may render the survey, a tough task,” he apprehended.

Dr Dwarakanath disclosed that the Commission will use Intelligent Character Recogniser (ICR) system for the survey as it incorporates user-friendly technology to transfer the data to computer.

A committee headed by Dr Dwarakanath of Agricultural University to advise on the technical aspects for the survey has submitted its report. Similarly, linguist Dr K V Narayana has submitted his report on the use of Kannada in the questionnaire prepared for the survey and the Commission is well-prepared for the task.  He  disclosed that a pilot survey would be conducted at 12 places in September. It requires barely 20 days to complete the task.

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