Decision on enumeration of transgenders in census soon

A decision on enumeration of transgenders in the second phase of Census 2011 would be taken in consultations with experts, a top official said today.

Updated: Apr 30, 2010, 18:37 PM IST

Chennai: A decision on enumeration of
transgenders in the second phase of Census 2011 would be taken
in consultations with experts, a top official said today.

"We are receiving several representations seeking to
include transgenders in the population list. After consulting
experts, a decision will be taken soon," Registrar General and
National Census Commissioner Dr C Chandramouli told reporters
here.

Census is being conducted in two phases -- house listing
and housing census in 2010 (launched on April 1) and household
population census to be taken up in February 2011.

During the household population census, homeless people,
persons lodged in prison, staying in hostels and other places
would also be covered, Chandramouli said.

He said the census data would be extracted automatically
by high-speed scanning of the census forms using a high-tech
and advance Intelligent Character Recognition Software.

"This revolutionary technology has enabled the processing
of voluminous data in a very short time and saving a huge
amount of manual labour and cost," he said.

Stating that the Centre would be spending about Rs 6,000
crore for the census process, he said this amount might go up.
Explaining about the National Population Register (NPR)
process, the official said personal details such as name, date
of birth, sex and present address among others would be
gathered.

"The collected data would be entered into computers in
the local language of the state as well as in English. Once
the database has been created, biometrics such as photograph
and fingerprints will be added for all persons aged 15 and
above".
The list after authentication would be sent to the Unique
Identity Authority of India (UIDAI) for de-duplication and
issue of UID numbers, he said, adding all duplications would
be eliminated at this stage.

After completion of NPR, National Identity Cards (NIC)
would be given in phased manner to all residents, he said.

To start with, the cards would be issued in coastal
villages. "After this, coastal towns will be covered and so on
till the entire country is covered. This whole process will be
completed by 2013," he said.

To a question whether the NIC would be given to NRIs, he
said the card was only meant for Indian residents. "If they
(NRI) want to stay in the country for a minimum of six months,
they are eligible to apply for NIC," he said.

PTI