First comprehensive census in Lanka in 3 decades

Colombo: Sri Lanka is set to conduct a comprehensive census covering the entire country for the first time in thirty years following the end of the bloody ethnic conflict, officials said on Sunday.

Last Updated: Jan 02, 2011, 17:41 PM IST

Sri Lanka is set to conduct a
comprehensive census covering the entire country for the first
time in thirty years following the end of the bloody ethnic
conflict, officials said on Sunday.

Due to the civil war that lasted over three decades,
conducting of a national census covering the entire country
was not possible, officials of the census and statistics
department said.

"Sri Lanka conducted census in 1991 and 2001 but was
not able to cover the entire island as the war was going on,"
officials said, adding "So this year`s census would be the
first national census since 1981".

The Census will be conducted in the third quarter of
2011, according to the department.

The last census was only able to cover 18 districts
out of a total of 22 administrative districts in the country.

This year`s census will be conducted in three parts
of demarcating the district and divisional boundaries followed
by buildings survey.

The Census will be conducted in the third quarter of
the 2011, according to census and statistics department.

The government forces defeated the Tamil Tiger rebels
in May 2009, ending the group`s armed struggle for a separate
state. Between 80,000 and 100,000 people were killed in the
fighting.

PTI