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The last such survey was conducted in 1937

60,000 teachers will be involved in the process

Survey report will be ready by December: Minister

Bangalore: The State Government will conduct the much-delayed caste-based socio-economic and educational survey in October.

Announcing this in the Legislative Assembly on Thursday while replying to a call attention notice, Social Welfare Minister Balachandra Jarkiholi said the survey report would be ready by December.

He noted that such a survey was last conducted in 1937. Nearly 60,000 teachers would be involved in the process of conducting the door-to-door survey.

The survey was being conducted in October when teachers would have holidays, he explained.

He had already discussed the matter with the chairman of the Permanent Backward Classes Commission. The report would provide data on the status of all the communities in the State, the Minister said.

Demand for survey

The Congress leader Siddaramaiah has been demanding that such a survey should be conducted before taking a decision on providing internal reservation among backward classes.

J.C. Madhuswamy (JD-U) said there was confusion about providing reservation to the synonymous castes of the Salpa community, which had a population of about 30,000 in the State.

The Salpa community had been categorised as backward and was entitled for reservation. But some of them were referred to as Salpa Vokkaligas as they were into agriculture.

The Salpa Vokkaliga community was considered a forward community and was denied reservation, he said and appealed to the Government to rectify the anomaly.

Mr. Jarkiholi asked the community leaders to submit a memorandum in this regard to the Permanent Backward Classes Commission. The Government would take action based on the recommendation of the commission, he said.