1.2 billion people: This mind-boggling number sums up the number of citizens of India.
Now think of an even more mind-boggling task: the Government of India has today launched a program called Census of India 2011 which aims to make a head count of those 1.2 billion citizens to create a National Population Register(NPR). President Pratibha Patil has the honour of being the very first Indian citizen to provide data for the NPR.
Meaning of Census of India 2011
A census is a poll or a survey. Census of India 2011 is a survey of the citizens of India, in order to create a comprehensive database of the population of India. Photographs and fingerprints will be taken. After Census of India 2011 is completed, each citizen will be issued an NPR ID card having a unique number that will not match any other ID number. This NPR ID card will then be valid proof of an Indian citizen's identity and will thus prevent needless documentary evidence for various facilities.
Duration of Census of India 2011
As mentioned earlier, Census of India 2011 will begin on 1st April, 2010 and the general results of Census India 2011 will be declared in March 2011. However, the specific data collected about Indian citizens during the Census will not be revealed to anybody.
Information required during Census of India 2011
Census of India 2011 will involve collection of 2 types of data:
1. Data on your House & Assets: There will be a total of 35 questions which you need to answer, with relation to the use of your house, facilities in the house (for drinking water, latrine facilities, electricity, internet connectivity, etc), the assets in your home (appliances, computers, etc.), possessions (mobile phones, etc), and so on.
2. NPR: Data collected for the NPR will need to be filled up in a form separate from data of (1). This data includes the name of the person, gender, date & place of birth, marital status, name of parents & spouse, relation to head of the family, present address & permanent address, duration of stay at present address, educational qualification, and occupation.
Method of conducting Census of India 2011
A Census enumerator will go from house to house to collect data for Census of India 2011. On collecting the data, the enumerator will stick a small Census label at your doorway. The date collected will then be submitted to the Unique ID Authority of India (UIDAI) for de-duplication, after which the unique ID number will be provided. Subsequent updates will be done by the Office of Registrar General and Census Commissioner, India. The Registrar General and Census Commissioner of India is C. Chandramouli.
Phases of Census of India 2011
Census India 2011 will be organized in 2 phases:
First phase: April to September 2010
Second phase: Starting from 9th February, 2011. This phase will collect data about the citizen's level of education, mother tongue and religion, and details of SC/ST community if any.
To know the commencement date of Census India 2011 in your State click here:
Dates of India Census 2011
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