Evening digest: Cong favours release of caste-based data of socio economic census

GN Bureau | July 4, 2015



Congress today favoured releasing caste-based data carried in the Socio Economic and Caste Census (SECC) but advocated caution while doing so in view of social and political sensitivities associated with it. The release of caste data is considered a political hot potato and there are strong views for and against it. The NDA government on Friday had refrained from releasing the caste-based data.


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