To woo important Backward Class communities in the state, the opposition Congress in Haryana on Thursday demanded a caste census, a day after the Manohar Lal Khattar government reconstituted the Haryana Backward Classes Commission to explore ways of more representation. Sections in Jobs and Education.
Addressing the media, Leader of Opposition in the state assembly Bhupinder Singh Hooda said that caste census is mandatory to identify the more backward communities. On the formation of the new Backward Classes Commission, Hooda said that the caste census was missing from the context of the context. “The caste census should be done to identify those who are backward and how will you benefit,” he said.
Terming the move of the Khattar government as a hoax, Hooda said that even the Scheduled Caste Commission has not been constituted yet. “The government is continuously issuing decrees against Dalits and backward class people. The objective of reducing the annual income limit of the creamy layer from Rs 8 lakh to Rs 6 lakh is aimed at depriving the people of backward classes from reservation. After this decision, now the child of a peon will also be deprived of the benefit of reservation.
The Congress’s attack comes a day after the Haryana government reconstituted the Backward Classes Commission by appointing former Punjab and Haryana High Court judge Justice Darshan Singh as its chief. Former Vice Chancellor of Indira Gandhi University, Rewari SK Gakhar and Director General of Scheduled Castes and Backward Classes Welfare Department, Shyam Lal Jangra, Haryana have been nominated as members.
Mukul Kumar, Special Secretary, Scheduled Castes and Backward Classes Welfare Department, has been nominated as Member Secretary.
A Khattar government official said the commission will study the current social, educational and economic status of the backward classes in the state, besides looking into their representation and participation in the government.
An official spokesperson said that the commission will also assess the benefits available to backward class students in educational institutions and employment opportunities available to them.
However, backward classes constitute a significant 20 per cent of the state’s population and the government’s decision and demands for a caste census are being seen as efforts to woo voters ahead of the assembly and Lok Sabha elections in 2024.