Besides, it noted that as far as the Caste particulars were concerned, 8,19,58,314 errors found in the Caste returns had been communicated to the States/UTs for rectification. The States have been making efforts to rectify the errors and had rectified 6,73,81,119 errors. However, 1,45,77,195 errors are yet to be rectified. For example, Maharashtra (69.1 lakhs), Madhya Pradesh (13.9 lakhs), West Bengal (11.6 lakhs), Rajasthan (7.2 lakhs), Uttar Pradesh (5.4 lakhs), Karnataka (2.9 lakhs), Bihar (1.7 lakhs), Tamil Nadu (1.4 lakhs) and all other States and Union Territories still have errors to be rectified.
The Government is fully committed to completing the SECC and requests the State/UT Governments for its fullest cooperation to complete the rectification of errors. In the meanwhile, the classification of the available Caste/Tribe data will be taken up by the Expert Group.
It may be recalled that the MHA had sought the approval of the Union Cabinet on May 9, 2011 for collecting the Caste Data along with the SECC. The then Government decided on May 19, 2011 that the data collection under SECC would be done by the State Governments with the financial and technical support of the Government of India. The Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD) and the Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation (MoHUPA) were designated as the nodal Ministries in the Government of India. The Office of the Registrar General, India (RGI) was directed to provide the technical and logistical support. Further, it was decided that after completing the field data collection, the data relating to caste/ tribes would be handed over by the RGI to an expert group to be constituted by the Government at an appropriate time for classification. Accordingly, as the field work is now substantially completed, the present Government has decided that it is now appropriate to constitute the expert group.