Odisha’s Survey on Social and Educational Conditions of Backward Classes

Odisha State Commission for Backward Classes (OSCBC) has initiated a survey on the social and educational conditions of backward classes, which began on May 1 and will continue until May 27. This survey is the first of its kind for the state and will collect data from people belonging to backward classes on various indicators such as educational status, occupation, and marital status, among others.

Collection of Information

The survey will also require documents related to caste details, Aadhaar number, voter ID card, passport number, PAN, ration card number, and mobile phone number. The information will be gathered at survey centers designated by the OSCBC, or online. The heads of families belonging to the backward classes can share their details at these survey centers, which have been set up in nearly every ward in 314 blocks in rural areas, and at 114 civic bodies in urban areas.

The accurate collection of data will help the government with the effective policy formulation. This survey is a crucial step in collecting data to develop policies that can uplift the backward classes in Odisha.

Completion Dates

After the main survey concludes on May 20th, a special effort will take place until May 27th to guarantee that no eligible household has been overlooked in the survey process.  In case any eligible household has been left out, there will be scope for further surveys after May 27. It is expected that the outcome of the findings will be published within five months.

Reservation Status

Odisha currently has 208 communities designated as backward classes, with 11.25% reservation in government jobs. However, there is no reservation for the SEBCs in the education sector.




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