Social Welfare Minister says the survey will pave way for a better distribution of funds

Insisting that the caste-based census in the State would begin in April next year, Minister for Social Welfare H. Anjaneya has said that the exercise would give the government a new yardstick while deciding on the facilities to be provided to people of different castes and communities.

The government has earmarked Rs. 100 crore for the project, he said, claiming that it would be a model project in the country.

“The last caste-based census was done decades ago, and every successive governments have been using the same data for providing various benefits. Once the new survey is completed, we will get more accurate data which will help the government to frame policies accordingly,” he said. Mr. Anjaneya said the government was contemplating appointment of teachers and revenue officials for the census by paying additional remuneration, and added that the State plans to conduct the census only during summer vacations as teachers would be available then.

He said a single-window concept has been mooted to pool in 18 per cent of the funds allocated for development of SC/STs in every government department under Schedule Caste Programme/Schedule Tribe Programme (SCP/STP).

He said the proposal, which will be placed in the next assembly session, was aimed at collecting all the funds in one head of account, which would be used for the development of the SC/STs.

“In the absence of a single-window system, the funds allocated for the SC/STs are being used for other purposes, which is defeating the very objective of the funds allocation,” Mr. Anjaneya said.

With regard to providing residential education facility to backward classes, he said the government has decided to build one residential school at Hobli-levels in the State. He said his department had decided to install bio-metric system and CCTVs in all the government hostels.

To a question, he said that over 30,000 borewells drilled under Ganga Kalyan scheme were yet to be electrified, and added that electricity supply companies of the State had been directed to complete the work on priority.

Among those present were M.B. Patil, district in-charge Minister; Maqbool Bagwan, MLA; Kavya Desai, zilla panchayat president; and Tammanna Hangaragi, vice-president.