Govt faces BJP wrath over delay in releasing caste census report

Govt faces BJP wrath over delay  in releasing caste census report
The Opposition BJP on Monday put the Siddaramaiah government on the mat in the  Council accusing it of deliberately delaying the release of the report of the socio-economic survey, commonly known as the caste census.

Social Welfare Minister H Anjaneya in reply to a question raised by Tara Anuradha (BJP) said the chief minister  will announce the date of release soon. However, Leader of the Opposition K S Eshwarappa insisted that the government give a specific date. “In November last year, Siddaramaiah said the report will be released in January. The chief minister, in January, said the report will be released in May. What is preventing the government ? Is there is any pressure?” he sought to know.

The BJP members cha-rged that the government wanted to release the report closer to the 2018 Assembly elections to reap maximum advantage.

Eshwarappa said Karnataka Backward Classes Commissioner H Kantharaj had stated that the report is ready and he is waiting for a green signal from the government. Anjaneya said preparation of the report is in its final stage and the pending work is to include data on SC/ST employees in government service.

Health Minister K R Ramesh Kumar agreed that there has been a delay in releasing the report. “If there are any hurdles in releasing the report, then the chief minister will inform the same to the House during his reply to the budget discussions.”

In reply to a question by Amarnath Patil (BJP),  Anjaneya said  6,583 group ‘D’ posts will be filled in the Hyderabad-Karnataka region as per the provisions of 371 (J) of the Constitution within three months.

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