New Delhi: The Union Cabinet on Thursday has given the go ahead for the Below Poverty Line (BPL) and caste census. The aim of the BPL census is to divide the population economically into above and below poverty line groups while the caste census will give a correct idea about various castes in India.
The census will begin in June and cost the exchequer Rs 3,500 crore. The last caste census was carried out in pre-Independent India in 1931.
Many regional political parties have been vociferously demanding a caste census. saying that it would help the Centre and state governments in developing welfare schemes targeting specific groups.
According to the provisional 2011 Census report India's population has been pegged at 121.02 crore. Out of 121.02 crore people in India there are 62.37 crore males and 58.65 crore females.