news Saturday, April 11, 2015 - 05:30
The Social and Educational Survey, popularly called the caste census, will go ahead as scheduled on Saturday, after the Karnataka High Court refused to grant a stay on the survey. Hearing a PIL on Friday, a division bench of chief justice D H Waghela and justice Ram Mohan Reddy said that the government was carrying out a survey for better planning for policies and not a census.¬† The petitioner Shivaraj Kanshetty and three others had filed a PIL with the court arguing that the Karnataka government was violating the law by conducting a census, which was the prerogative of the centre. The matter has been posted for further hearing on July 27. With the court refusing to grant a stay order, over 1.75 lakh personnel will now go about conducting the survey.¬† Read:¬†How will Karnataka's caste census look at religion?¬†Read:¬†Karnataka Caste Census: How you can answer the question on what your caste is Earlier, Dalit groups in Hassan district had urged the government to set up centres in each district so that people could come and disclose their caste freely. They said that bothersome neighbours could visit the house to learn the castes of their neighbours, which would create problems for people of the lower castes.¬† Read:¬†Is Lingayat assertion of caste identity a bargaining chip for more representation in state cabinet? Opposition to the survey had also been seen from a section of the powerful Lingayat community in the state, which said that the survey would ‚Äúfurther divide the society‚ÄĚ. Read:¬†Powerful Karnataka seer starts debate on whether Lingayats are Hindus or not

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