Headcount of castes in Bihar, which the Nitish Kumar government has taken up following the Centre's inability to conduct a caste-based census, received the state cabinet's approval on Thursday.
Briefing reporters after the cabinet meeting chaired by the Chief Minister, Chief Secretary Amir Subhani said a budgetary allocation of Rs 500 crore has been made for the exercise.
"The survey shall be completed by February 23 next year. Work will start no sooner than the notification is issued by the general administration department," he said.
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