Govt satisfied with progress in Census, NPR work

The government on Tuesday expressed satisfaction over progress of the work on National Population Register and Census enumeration exercise, noting that data collection has been completed in several states and Union Territories.

Last Updated: Jun 08, 2010, 17:37 PM IST

New Delhi: The government on Tuesday expressed
satisfaction over progress of the work on National Population
Register and Census enumeration exercise, noting that data
collection has been completed in several states and Union
Territories.

It appealed to people not to lose the slips given by the
Census officials after collection of data as these will be
required during NPR exercise.

Union Minister for State for Home Ajay Maken, who took
stock of the progress of NPR, ongoing house-listing and Census
exercise, said data collection has been completed in Assam,
Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Meghalaya, Goa, Sikkim,
Lakshadweep, Orissa, Kerala, Arunachal Pradesh, Chandigarh,
Karnataka, Gujarat, Dadar and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu and
parts of Himachal Pradesh.

He said the process was about to be completed in Andhra
Pradesh and Tripura and in case of West Bengal, while it had
been completed in most areas, the dates had been extended upto
June 30, 2010 for a few other areas in the state.

Maken, who visited R K Puram area of the capital for an
on-the-spot inspection and in field interaction with Census
officials, enumerators and residents, appealed to the people
to retain the slips given to them after having submitted the
filled up Census forms.

This he said was essential since it would be needed
during the time of NPR exercise, which would involve taking
bio-metric identification by means of fingerprint impression,
iris impression and photograph of individual.

"It was reported that people were not amply informed
about the importance of this slip and the procedural delays
that its loss may cause. The minister instructed Census
officials and enumerators to inform the people accordingly," a
statement here said.

Concerned over reports that many landlords were not
permitting their tenants to get listed in the Census exercise,
Maken said that the landlords should facilitate the exercise,
least the data generated is flawed.

He underlined that the information given in the Census by
people was to be kept strictly confidential and therefore any
landlord need not worry on this account. Inaccurate
information and data were detrimental to the success of the
entire Census exercise, he stressed.

PTI