BJD Reiteriates Caste-Based Census Demand, Removal Of 50% Reservation Cap

Bhubaneswar: The Biju Janata Dal (BJD) on Tuesday reiterated its demand for caste-based census and removal of the cap of 50 percent on reservation.

The ruling-party ministers Ranendra Pratap Swain and Arun Kumar Sahoo in a press meet today said that many leaders across the country are supporting the demand of Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to undertake a caste-based census and increase the reservation beyond 50% ceiling.

It is worthwhile to mention that, on August 11, a delegation of BJD MPs from both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha submitted a memorandum in this regard to Union Home Minister Amit Shah.

The MPs met Shah at his Parliament Chamber and had put forth the following demands in the memorandum.

1. For increasing the reservation beyond 50% ceiling by enacting a Central Legislation for the empowerment of States.

2. Undertaking Caste-based Census for identifying and enumerating the SEBC/OBCs.

Earlier on August 10, the Lok Sabha had passed the Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty Seventh Amendment) Bill 2021.

The Bill aims to restore the power that allowed states and Union Territories (UTs) to make their own OBC lists. It was demanded by a number of regional parties and even the ruling party’s own OBC leaders.