From the time he took over as Karnataka State Commission for Backward Classes chairman in 2014, H. Kantharaja’s focus has been on the state’s socio-educational and economic survey, a first-of-its-kind effort. He talks to Outlook about the challenges faced and the impact the survey will have. Edited excerpts:
What have been your biggest practical challenges?
Covering migrants, slum-dwellers and the homeless was our main challenge. In some urban localities, people didn’t let us into their apartments. The survey’s purpose was to collect information about each and every person in the state and not just people belonging to the backward classes. We visited the entire state twice: once to inform people about the survey and later on, for deciding their various claims before the commission. We have collated over 220 representations.
What is political backwardness?
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