Preliminary preparations started for census-2021: Chief Secretary

The preliminary preparations have been started in the state for 16th census of India to be conducted in 2021. A meeting of the state level coordination committee was held here today under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary Anil Kumar Khachi for effective implementation of census-2021.

The Chief Secretary said that most of the work would be edited through mobile application for ensuring transparency and gathering true information in this work. The editing of the information would be done online as well as offline. Detailed training about census work would be provided to Deputy Commissioners and other officers of the districts in the month of February and March, this year.

The Chief Secretary has appealed the people of the State to participate in this national work by providing correct and complete information to the enumerators. He said that the census is not being conducted only to count women and men but it was also a medium to give pace to the development as based on these figures, the governments decides various developmental schemes. He said that the figures of census 2021 would also be helpful in formulating policies as per economic, political and social condition of the people. The Chief Secretary directed the Directorate of Census to provide proper training to enumerators so that correct information could be collected.

Director Census Sunil Kumar Kapta informed that 18 master trainers of Himachal Pradesh were provided training by Census office in November 2019, who would further impart training to 418 field trainers at district level in March 2020. They would further provide training to 19500 enumerators and supervisors of Census in the month of April, 2020.

Director Census informed that enumerators can edit the census work through mobile app. The enumerators engaged in the census work through mobile app would be provided Rs. 25 thousand and those through paper work would be given Rs. 17 thousand as honorarium through DBT in their account.

Shri Kapta informed that in the first phase of census 2021, the census of buildings would be conducted and listed from 16t May to 30 June, 2020 and National Census Register will also be updated along with this work.  The supervision of entire work of census would be done through web portal. The officers of Revenue and other departments have been appointed as Nodal Officers. Field trainers, enumerators and supervisors would be appointed at district level/charge level in the state.

Members of coordination committee Principal Secretary Revenue, Secretary GAD, Secretary Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Secretary Finance, Secretary Urban Development, Special Secretary Education and Deputy Secretary GAD were also present in the meeting.

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