Supreme Court Issues Notice on Plea Seeking Enumeration of OBCs in Census 2021

A Supreme Court bench headed by CJI SA Bobde, while hearing a Public Interest Litigation seeking for inclusion of the enumeration of Other Backward Classes (OBCs) in the country in the 2021 Census, has issued notice to the Centre and National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC) to respond to the PIL in four weeks.

The petition has been filed by one Tinku Saini, through Advocate Sonia Saini and
Advocate-on-Record Aakriti Jain. The petition states no census enlisting the exact number of OBCs has been carried out till date which is leading to creating miscarriage of social justice and denial of the constitutiona rights under Article 15(4), Article 16(14), Article 243 D and Article 243 T of the Constitution.

The Parliamentary Standing Committee has observed that there is a “major limitation on data about the social economic and educational profile of a significant part of the population. The plea seeks for the enumeration of the same in Census 2021.

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