2nd phase of Census begins, Prez counted first
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Last Updated: Wednesday, February 09, 2011, 20:35
New Delhi: President Pratibha Patil was the first of a billion-plus population in the country to be counted on Wednesday as lakhs of enumerators fanned out in a gigantic effort to document every citizen over the next three weeks in the world's second largest census.

Kickstarting the second phase of Census 2011, a woman enumerator went to Rashtrapati Bhavan and collected information for a questionnaire from the country's first citizen.

The exercise, which will cover the entire country, began by collecting information on a "number of characteristics about the President's personal household" by enumerator Rita, a Rashtrapati Bhavan spokesperson said.

India has an estimated 1.17 billion population.

The exercise took place in the presence of Home Minister P Chidambaram, Minister of state for Home Affairs Gurudas Kamat, Census Commissioner Dr C Chandramouli, along with Director of Census Operation, Delhi Varsha Joshi.

Speaking after her enumeration, the President asked everyone to wholeheartedly take part in the Census operation, which is gigantic in scale and to take it as a national duty.

A team of Census officials led by Registrar-General and Census Commissioner C Chandramouli also enumerated Vice-President Hamid Ansari as part of the country-wide exercise.

"It is the second largest census in the world and I wish the Registrar-General and his team a grand success," he said. World's largest census is carried out in China.

House listing and housing Census and collection of data on the National Population Register (NPR) was done in the first phase, from April to September 2010.

The second phase, called the Population Enumeration phase is being conducted simultaneously all over the country till February 28 and the entire exercise would be completed by March 5.

All 640 districts, 5,767 tehsils, 7,742 towns and more than six lakh villages of the country will be covered in the exercise.

The Census 2011 will be India’s 15th since 1872 and the seventh after independence.

Ranjit Singh Deol, the director of Census operations, had said on Monday that a number of new features have been added to the 2011 Census.

“These include state-of-the-art designing of the schedules, new/revised questions on the institutional household, new category in gender parameter for transgender, a separate code for separated and divorced, and new codes under status of school attendance and a separate code included under non economic activity for gender mainstreaming,” he added.

According to Deol, the new features are expected to help in better policy-making process due to additional data.

“The use of more developed technology with advanced features will ensure faster completion of work,” he said.

“The second phase will witness 2.54 lakh enumerators and supervisors visiting house to house for counting purposes,” Deol said.

Till February 8, enumerators visited their assigned block and prepared a hand drawn layout map.

“On February 28, all the houseless people will be enumerated as per the plan chalked out based the information gathered from enumerators and NGOs,” he added.


First Published: Wednesday, February 09, 2011, 20:35

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