'Caste census report awaits clearance of legal hurdles'

'Caste census report awaiting clearance of legal hurdles'

Backward Classes Commission chairperson K Jayaprakash Hegde was speaking to reporters in Chikkaballapur on Tuesday

Jayaprakash Hegde. Credit: DH Photo

The report of the social and economic survey (caste census) of Backward Classes will be submitted to the government after resolving the legal hurdles, Backward Classes Commission chairperson K Jayaprakash Hegde has said.

“We cannot sit on the report nor the effort should go waste. A report by any commission should bear the signatures of the chairperson, members and the member-secretary. The then member-secretary of the commission has not signed on the final report. The question is whether the present member-secretary can sign the report and it is valid in the eyes of law. These issues are being deliberated on,” Hegde said.

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He was speaking to reporters in Chikkaballapur on Tuesday.

Hegde said that the commission had received representations for and against including Lingayat Panchamasali community in Category 2A. A public hearing on this issue is scheduled for October 11 and 12.

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