The move is being described to take further the debate over OBC reservations versus employment among religious groups in the country. The report, prepared by the National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO) for the year 2004-05, is likely to reflect the employment status of Hindus, Muslims, Christians and Sikhs. This, however, might complicate the ongoing conflict between judiciary and executive over the OBC quota.
Though concerned officials in the the ministry of statistics and programme implementation, the nodal ministry for NSSO remained tightlipped about the contents in the report, they, however, pointed out that at this juncture the reservation is confined to the Hindus.
According to them, If it is proved that the condition of the other religious groups are worse than the existing beneficiaries, then the issue could get further complicated."
They said, since the forthcoming report deals with major religious groups on state-to-state and rural to urban employment basis, the government could find it more difficult to persuade the judiciary to agree on reservation at the national level. Interestingly, the timing of the report also coincides with the announcement of the crucial UP assembly elections, where the minority community could be a decisive factor.