KARNATAKA

Further delay in release of caste census report?

In what could indicate a delay in release of the long-awaited caste census report, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Thursday did not provide a time frame in which the report would be made public.

The Chief Minister told the Legislative Council that the government was yet to receive the report from the Backward Classes Commission. “The caste census has been completed and it is being analysed. We have also sought the opinion of the commission on ways to increase the percentage of reservation from the current 50% to 70%, on the lines of 69% reservation currently practised in Tamil Nadu. Once we get that report, we will release the survey report also,” he said.

His response came after Leader of the Opposition in the Council K.S. Eshwarappa questioned the delay. The BJP leader had pointed out that Rs. 175 crore had been spent, and the report was yet to be made public.

During the debate, the House witnessed heated arguments between the ruling party members and the Opposition.

When the BJP members asked Mr. Siddaramaiah why two reports are being tagged together instead of releasing the census report, Mr. Siddaramaiah said: “They [commission] has not given the report yet. There is no secrecy involved. We will also implement all the recommendations that would be given by the government.”