Agartala: The 2011 Census officially started in the northeastern state of Tripura Monday, with the details of state Chief Minister Manik Sarkar and his wife, Panchali Bhattacharjee, being recorded by officials.
"An estimated 10,000 enumerators and supervisors have been appointed to visit every household in urban, rural and interior areas in Tripura to carry out the task of door-to-door headcount for the National Register of Indian Citizens (NRIC)," Deputy Director General of Census Operations S.K. Chakraborty told reporters here.
Chakraborty, who was accompanied by state census director Dilip Acherjee, said that during the 45 days of the work, the census officials would collect vital personal information of every individual in each family. This would be incorporated in the proposed unique identity card, which would be given to all Indian citizens aged 18 years and above, he added.
In the first phase of census 2011, data collection for creation of the first ever computerised NRIC, along with house listing and housing census has been taken up Monday, the officials said.
Chakraborty and Acherjee said that the actual population enumeration would be undertaken simultaneously across the country from Feb 9 to Feb 28, 2011 followed by a five-day revision round March 1-5, 2011.
The preliminary census result would be declared March 25, 2011.