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Haryana to Start Census from May 1

Chandigarh, February 14:  The first phase of Census-2021 in Haryana, i.e houselisting operations and housing Census will be conducted from May 1, 2020, to June 15, 2020. Around 58000 enumerators and supervisors would be deployed for canvassing data.

This information was shared in the State- Level Conference of Divisional, Deputy Commissioners and Principal Census Officers to review the preparedness for Census 2021 and updation of NPR held under the chairmanship of Haryana Chief Secretary Mrs. Keshni Anand Arora here today. Registrar General and Census Commissioner, India, Mr. Vivek Joshi also present in the meeting.

Described census as one of the most credible source of information regarding the socio-cultural and demographic data, the Chief Secretary said that it is very important that the data on census should be very reliable and since the entire process of the census is very time-bound therefore all the concerned officers should ensure that all the procedure should be completed within the stipulated time period i.e from May 1, 2020 to June 15, 2020.

She said that for the first time in history, Census data will be collected digitally. She said that this dynamic census will certainly helps the State in getting data analytics at the right time for policy formation.   She further directed that publicity has to be planned very meticulously and dedicated efforts should be made for the mass publicity so that the State people can be made aware of the same.

It was informed that the first phase of the Census i.e. Houselisting and Housing Census has been notified for conduct in Haryana from May 1, 2020 to June 15, 2020. During houselisting operations, questions on the quality of houses, amenities available to households and assets possessed by the households will be canvassed. The second phase i.e. Population Enumeration will be conducted from  February  9, 2021, to  February 28, 2021, with a revisional round from March 1 to 5, 2021.

Further, in Haryana, around 58000 enumerators and supervisors would be deployed for canvassing data. The training of Tehsildars cum Charge Officers is proposed to be held at the district level from February 19 to March 4, 2020, which would be followed by training of around 900 field trainers in March 2020. These trained field trainers will further train the Enumerators and Supervisors in April, 2020.

Registrar General and Census Commissioner, India, Mr. Vivek Joshi, in his address stated that census is the largest administrative and statistical exercise in the world.  He stated that it is for the first time that the census is being conducted in digital mode and codification of responses would go a long way in timely release of data. Census data would be captured through specially designed mobile apps. It is for the first time that all the Census activities and progress would be monitored on real-time basis through the Census Monitoring and Management System (CMMS).

Mr. Joshi said that for the Census 2021 no documents will be asked from the citizens. Citizens will be asked to give the answers to only a few questions. He said that while doing the census, the Chief Census Officer should keep in mind that only those questions should be asked from the Citizens which are included in the pre-set questionnaire. He said that the personal data collected during the census will be confidential.

The website of the Directorate of Census Operations, Haryana was also launched on this occasion. The website has all the census circulars, notifications, FAQs and other important communications with regard to the census exercise.

In the conference, Additional Chief Secretary and Financial Commissioner, Revenue and Disaster Management and Consolidation Departments, Mr. Dhanpat Singh, Principal Secretary, School Education Department, Mr. Mahavir Singh, Principal Secretary, Social Justice, and Empowerment Department, Mr. Anand Mohan Sharan, Principal Secretary, Town, and Country Planning Department,  Mr. Apoorva Kumar Singh, Director Census Operations, Haryana, Ms. Prerna Puri, all the Divisional Commissioner, Deputy Commissioners, and Commissioner, Municipal Corporation and other senior officers were present.

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