Tamil Nadu

T.N. to constitute Commission for collecting caste-wise data

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami during a meeting with PMK leaders, led by Anbumani Ramadoss, in Chennai on December 1, 2020.  

Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami on Tuesday announced that a Commission would be set up to conduct a survey for collecting caste-wise data in Tamil Nadu.

Mr. Palaniswami’s announcement came a few hours after a delegation of PMK leaders, led by Anbumani Ramadoss, met him at the Secretariat on a day when the PMK launched an agitation for 20% reservation for Vanniyars in government jobs and higher education.

In the morning, protests by PMK cadre paralysed vehicular movement for a few hours on GST Road in Chennai and a couple of highways in northern Tamil Nadu. The cadre also engaged in stone pelting, bringing an Express train to a halt in a Chennai suburb.

According to the Chief Minister, the proposed Commission would examine the methodologies being adopted for collecting caste-wise data, and based on that, it would conduct a survey to collect such data and submit a report to the government.

He pointed out that various political parties and social organisations had demanded a caste survey at different points in time. Moreover, as a case regarding the 69% reservation in Tamil Nadu was pending in the Supreme Court, such data was needed for the case, the Chief Minister contended.

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