With less than a year left for 2019 Lok Sabha polls, the Yogi Adiyanath-led Uttar Pradesh cabinet on Wednesday approved a new rapid caste and economic survey. According to a report, the Uttar Pradesh government has decided to conduct this census to ensure that benefits of government schemes reach most people, especially to people belonging to the underprivileged community. The announcement comes a day after Yogi-Adityanath, addressing saints, said that  Ram Mandir will be definitely built in Ayodhya and there should be no doubt about it.

Speaking on the matter, a minister in the state government, Sidharth Nath Singh said that the government is targeting to complete this census within three months to provide benefits of schemes run by the state government to people by the end of this year. However, opposition parties have questioned the intent and timing of the government to introduce the census.

Asking the government to clear its intent for the introduction of the rapid census, Samajwadi Party (SP) spokesperson, Sunil Singh Sajan told News18 that questioned should be asked from the government about its timing. He further added that how were welfare schemes being implemented for last 4 years.

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The Akhilesh Yadav’s party leader further asked the state government to provide reservation to the backward communities after completion of this census. Attacking CM Yogi Adityanath over his reservation demand for backward communities in universities like Aligarh Muslim University, Jamia Millia Islamia, he said that the BJP government talk about reservation in educational institutions but firstly they should ensure reservations for Dalits and OBCs in Mutts and Mandirs. Two days ago, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said that reservations should be provided to Dalits in minority institutions like AMU and JMI.

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