Carry out caste-wise census to protect social justice: PMK

PMK leader and former Union Minister Anbumani Ramadoss called on Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami at the Secretariat here on Monday and urged him to conduct a caste-wise census in Tamil Nadu so that the 69% reservation being implemented in the State could be protected.

Addressing mediapersons after the meeting, Mr. Ramadoss referred to a case filed before the Supreme Court against the 69% reservation in Tamil Nadu, adding that it posed a threat to social justice in the State.

“If we are to protect the 69% reservation being implemented in Tamil Nadu, we need to prove that 69% of the population of the State are from communities that have reservation. Though the Amba Shankar Commission’s report stated that reserved communities accounted for 87% of the population, the Supreme Court wouldn’t accept that in the absence of a caste-wise census,” a representation submitted to the CM by PMK president G.K. Mani contended.

A caste-wise census carried out in Karnataka in 2016 cost the State only Rs. 147 crore, Mr. Ramadoss pointed out, and urged the Tamil Nadu government to undertake the task to protect social justice.

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