In a significant move towards ensuring targeted and effective governance, Andhra Pradesh Revenue Minister Dharmana Prasada Rao inaugurated the commencement of the caste census process in his hometown of Srikakulam on Friday.
Addressing the gathering, Minister Prasada Rao urged the community members to actively cooperate with the officials during the census process. He emphasized that the collected data would play a crucial role in facilitating government benefits to deserving individuals. The minister underscored the importance of the caste census in enhancing the implementation of social welfare schemes, ensuring that resources are allocated where they are needed the most.
Highlighting the broader impact of the census, Prasada Rao explained that it would enable a more accurate understanding of the social hierarchy. This information, he noted, would serve as a valuable tool for tailoring and implementing welfare schemes to address the specific needs of different sections of the population.
Over the next 10 days, dedicated volunteers and staff from Sachivalayams will be actively involved in conducting the caste census. The gathered information will be promptly relayed to the state government through the district administration. Andhra Pradesh becomes the second state, following Bihar, to initiate a caste-based census, reflecting a commitment to comprehensive governance.
The launch of this initiative coincided with the unveiling of a monumental 125-foot-tall statue of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar in Vijayawada, underscoring the government’s commitment to social inclusivity and equality. The census process will involve the visitation of 1.7 crore households by village and ward secretariat staff, utilizing a mobile application to efficiently capture caste details.
As Andhra Pradesh embarks on this groundbreaking caste census, it aims to pave the way for a more equitable distribution of resources and the effective implementation of welfare programs for the benefit of the state’s diverse population.