India should have a caste-based census in the country, said Ramdas Athawale, Union minister of state for social justice and empowerment, on Sunday.
“There is a need for caste-based census to figure out the community-wise population. This will help avail social, economic and academic benefits to the needy,” Athawale told reporters in Bengaluru.
Athawale is also for increased reservation for socially and economically backward persons.
Even though he agreed that the reservation shouldn’t exceed 50 per cent as per rules, he stressed there is need to crease the quota for social justice.