• The Supreme Court  sought a response from the government on a petition to hold a caste-wise census of backward classes in 2021.
  • A three-judge Bench led by Chief Justice of India Sharad A. Bobde issued notice to the Centre and Chairman of the National Commission for Backward Classes on a petition for a national census on the basis of caste to identify and uplift the really backward among them.
  • The petition said a caste-wise census was necessary to give clarity on who among the backward classes actually deserve the benefits of reservation in jobs and education.
  • The plea said the Mandal Commission report does not stand in the way of a State action to uplift the weaker sections of the society. There was no bar on making further reservations for them.
  • Lack of caste-wise census has actually dented the efforts of the government to fix the budget for welfare schemes meant for backward classes, the petition claimed.