Caste, religion, poverty census gets Cabinet nod

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Caste, religion, poverty census gets Cabinet nod
New Delhi:  The government today approved a proposal to conduct a survey based on caste, religion and economic conditions that will help in identifying people living below and above the poverty line and their social backgrounds.

The proposed census was approved at the Union Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi today.

The survey is expected to begin soon, official sources said. Congress president Sonia Gandhi-led National Advisory Council (NAC) had proposed a separate survey on these parameters.

Census enumerators will distribute questionnaires regarding caste and religion asking just two questions to respondents: What is your caste and what is your religion.

But the enumeration of people on poverty lines is a technical process and would involve many questions like the number of family members, daily income and expenses, sources said.

The poverty census was earlier carried out in 2002 but it would be the first time that this information would be clubbed with data about caste and religion.

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