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New Delhi:

Census 2021 will not collect “caste wise” data as the ones collected in 2011 by UPA threw up about 40 lakh caste names that were difficult to tabulate, a senior government official said on Friday.

The Census data collection exercise would involve 31 lakh trained enumerators, with digitally using Android based mobile phones.

“The Census data will be available by the year 2024-25 as the entire process would be conducted digitally and data crunching would be quicker,” said the official, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The 2011 caste data, collected as part of the Socio Economic Caste Census (SECC), is yet to be released by the Centre. As per the National Commission for Backward Classes, there are 2,479 entries in the Central list of the Other Backward Classes (OBC), reported The Hindu.

“The caste data is difficult to enumerate as last time when it was collected, we got as many as 40 lakh names of castes,” said the official. “For example, a person belonging to the Yadav caste wrote Yadu, Yaduvanshi, etc. in the form; there is no standardisation. People sometimes confuse caste with gotra,” added the official.

“Last time, the Census was recorded on paper, with the information then scanned and later fed into the database, leading to the publication of various datasets. The dataset on migration culled out from the 2011 Census, was published last week,” he explained

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