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Census 2011 begins in Assam, Meghalaya
Correspondent/PTI GUWAHATI/SHILLONG, APR 1:
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Published on 2 Apr. 2010 1:08 AM IST
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The nation-wide 2011 Census Project today began in Assam, along with the rest of the country, with the enumerators starting the counting from Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi’s residence at Koinadhora hillock here.
A team of enumerators called on Gogoi this morning and got the details of his family members, besides listing details of his official residence and number of employees engaged at his house. ‘’The Census shall provide us with a comprehensive picture of the state-of-affairs and future policies can be designed to accelerate an inclusive growth,’’ Gogoi told reporters. Gogoi also instructed BSF to tighten vigil along the Indo-Bangla border. He asked the authorities concerned that no names of genuine citizens should be left out in the census.
Meanwhile, along with the rest of the country, the largest census exercise ever to be attempted in the history of mankind, also kick- started today in Meghalaya, with the enumeration of Governor RS Mooshahary and CM Dr DD Lapang in their residences at Raj Bhavan and Sherwood Bungalow respectively.
“There is a special importance to the Census this time as it will help in developing the National Population Register which is linked to the Unique Identification Number (UID) to be issued to all citizens of the country,” Mr Mooshahary said, the first to be enumerated in the state.
“Initially we will be doing the house-listing. The exercise will continue till May 15. The actual headcount will be done from February 9 to February 28 next year, followed by a five-day revision,” informed the Director Census Operations, Meghalaya K L Tariang.
The enumerators for the first time will collect information like ownership of mobile phones, computers, internet, having treated or untreated drinking water facility and obtain finger prints and photographs which will help government formulate plans and strengthen the country’s security. Later, a National Population Register (NPR) will be created in which the government will have the entire population of the country under one database.

 
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