Odisha’s government launches its Backward Class census after Bihar


According to an official, the Odisha government started surveying members of the Other Backward Classes (OBCs) who belong to 210 castes in the State on May 1 to find out about their social and educational standing. After Bihar, Odisha is the second State to undertake the survey.

The survey is being carried out by the Odisha State Commission For Backward Classes (OSCBC) across 314 blocks and 114 urban local bodies. In order to complete an extensive questionnaire, people have been urged to visit common service centres, PDS centres, and Anganwadi centres with their ration cards and Aadhaar cards.

The survey will continue through May 27 with the goal of providing a detailed picture of the state of the Socially and Educationally Backward Classes (SEBC), according to State SC, ST, and Backward Class Minister Jagannath Saraka. The family’s heads are disclosing specifics regarding his and other family members’ private information. Personal information is requested, including the most recent institution attended, employment, educational status, and date of birth. In addition, there are fields that must be filled out for the village code, ward code, Aadhaar data, ration card number, Socially Economically Backward Class, and PAN numbers. Additionally, there is an option for respondents to complete survey forms online.

In a memo to Union Home Minister Amit Shah, the state’s ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) stated: “Since legislations of most States on reservation policies for the SEBC and the OBC had been overturned by the Supreme Court and the High Courts on the grounds that the policies on reservation were made without any scientific data base of the SEBC and OBC population, it is imperative that detail enumeration of SEBC and OBC is to be made by Ce.”

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