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Govt asks people to cooperate in Census exercise

Government on Monday said that its Census enumerators were facing problems in carrying out the exercise due to "misconceived apprehensions" of certain citizens.

New Delhi: Government on Monday said that its
Census enumerators were facing problems in carrying out the
exercise due to "misconceived apprehensions" of certain
citizens and stressed that it was mandatory for each household
to share information with them.

It has been observed from the feedback received from
enumerators and supervisors pressed into service for
undertaking the gigantic task that there have been
misconceived apprehensions in the minds of some habitants
which prevent them to actively take part in this huge
exercise, an official release said.

In some of the cases, the enumerators are even not
permitted to enter the households on some pretext or the
other, it said

This not only hinders the functioning of government
servants in performing duties but also will seriously hamper
the progress of the unique exercise undertaken by the
government for the first time in the history of the nation by
directly involving 25 lakh enumerators and supervisors.

Under Census 2011, the First Phase of House listing and
Housing Census along with collection of Data on National
Population Register has commenced with effect from April 1,
2010 in a phased manner covering 29 states and Union
Territories till May, 2010.

The remaining states are to be covered during June, 2010.
For each state the exercise is targeted to be completed within
45 days, to be followed by Biometric and Photography visits
required for Publication of the National Population Register.

"This is reiterated that it is mandatory on the part of
each household to share information with the enumerator. This
information, to be collected for the National Population
Register only, will be highly confidential and will provide
the spade work for formulating the policies and programmes by
the Governments, both Central and State, for the betterment of
the people of our huge nation," the release said,

Moreover, each usual resident will get a unique ID card
for the first time once the whole exercise in completed. The
valuable cooperation of each household is highly solicited for
making the exercise totally successful, it added.


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