Sri Lanka to conduct first population census in three decades
Last Updated: Monday, May 31, 2010, 16:26
Colombo: Sri Lanka will undertake the mammoth task of counting its population for the first time in three decades, with its first post war census next year.

Though Sri Lanka's population is estimated at around 21 million, the exact figure would perhaps be known only after the 2011 census.

The last Census of Population and Housing was conducted in 2001 after a gap of two decades, but the process could not be extended to the North and Eastern parts of the country that were under the control of the LTTE.

The final enumeration in 2001 could be carried out completely only in 18 out of 25 districts.

The Census and Statistics Department will cover the total population of the country through over 80,000 census blocks during the survey, the state owned Daily News reported quoting sources.

The door-to-door survey will be conducted by a strong workforce of nearly 80,000 enumerators, district administrative officers, and other ground-level officials, it said.

Sri Lanka has a long history of census taking with the first systematic and scientific population census being conducted in 1871. Since then censuses were conducted, usually in 10 years with certain exceptions.

The previous completed census count was held in 1981.

The exercise which was scheduled to be conducted in 1991, could not be carried out due to disturbances in Northern and Eastern provinces of the country.

The department-level procedure for carrying out the census next year has already being completed and the survey will cover all Grama Niladari (Village level) Divisions of the country, the paper said.

Some GN (Grama Niladari) divisions will be divided to 150 census blocks depending on the population of the respective division to ease the total census process.

The Department has also planned to offer a special training programme for its own staff and other staff at selected training centres for the purpose.

The funds for next population census will be provided by the Government and the proposed public awareness and training programmes will be facilitated by other donor agencies, the newspaper said.


First Published: Monday, May 31, 2010, 16:26

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