Caste census moving at snail's pace in B'luru

Caste census moving at snail's pace in B'luru

The sluggish pace of enumeration work for the socio-educational survey (caste census) continues to haunt Bengaluru.

The State government on April 30 extended the census duration in Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) limits by five days. But still many parts of the City are yet to be surveyed.

According to the Karnataka State Backward Classes Commission website, 79 per cent of 26.3 lakh households in Bengaluru have been covered till May 2. That is 5.28 lakh households remain to be covered by May 5.  The survey is being conducted under the aegis of the Commission.

There are complaints from several areas in Bengaluru, that the survey stickers have been affixed to their door but the enumeration has not been done. As per the survey manual, enumerators have to affix stickers only on completion of the survey at a household.

A resident of Vijayanagar complained that the enumerators had taken the details of his household from the neighbours. Residents have also been calling the helpline set by the commission ( 080 - 44554444) to register their complaints that enumerators have not come to their place.

Increasing calls

An official at the call centre said the number of calls have increased during the last two days. The staff of the call centre take down the address of the caller and pass on the information to the jurisdictional supervisor, the official said.  

Enumerators on their part,  say that the workload is too heavy. Each enumerator has been given 200 to 220 households to cover.

Reports from other districts are encouraging though. As many as 20 districts - Belagavi, Bagalkot, Raichur, Koppal, Gadag, Uttara Kannada, Chitradurga, Ballari, Davangere, Shivamogga, Chikkamagaluru, Mandya, Hassan, Mysuru, Chamarajnagar, Kolar, Chikkaballapura, Yadgir, Bengaluru Rural and Ramanagara have already completed the survey.

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