Mrunal Manmay Dash

Keeping in view the current heatwave conditions that the State is going through, the Odisha government has extended the deadline for the OBC survey till June 6.

Earlier, the OBC survey was scheduled from May 1 to May 26. But, the heatwave has forced the government to extend the last date till June 6.

The enumerators recruited by the government would go to the houses and conduct the survey including on the holidays.

Excluding Brahman, Karan, ST and SC, all the other 208 castes are participating in the survey. Apart from the door-to-door survey, Anganwadi centres and PDS points have been made the survey centres. The head of the family can visit the centre to submit data about his/her family members.

Bhubaneswar, the survey is underway at 101 centres set up in 70 schools. One can include his/her name by showing voter identity card, passport, PAN card or Aadhaar card. The nodal officer and the Mayor have been doing rounds of the centres.

Currently, Odisha has reservation quotas of 22.5 per cent, 16.25 per cent and 11.25 for SC, ST and OBC categories respectively. It remains to be seen whether the reservation quotas for the OBCs will be increased after the completion of the survey.