Release of caste based census data
Pursuant to decision of Union Cabinet, the Socio Economic and Caste Census (SECC), 2011 was conducted in all the States/Union Territories of India with the financial and technical support of the Government of India. The Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD) and the Ministry of Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation (MoHUPA) are the nodal Ministries in the Government of India for this combined exercise in rural and urban areas respectively. The Office of Registrar General & Census Commissioner, India is rendering logistic and technical support. The SECC-2011 field enumeration is over. Ministry of Rural Development has released online provisional data from Socio-Economic Caste Census 2011 for rural India on 03.07.2015. This, however, does not include caste related data of SECC. The Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, which is responsible for SECC data for urban India has not released any data so far.
As regards the caste data of SECC, the Central Government has constituted an Expert Group under the Chairmanship of Shri Arvind Panagariya, Vice-Chairperson, NITI AAYOG, to classify the caste names returned in the Socio Economic and Caste Census, 2011.
The above statment was given in the Parliament on 23/12/2015 by the Minister of Home Affairs Shri haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary.