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Census officers asked to be steadfast
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, Apr 30 (NPN)
Published on 1 May. 2010 12:13 AM IST
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State Census Operation Director Hekali Zhimomi, Friday called upon census officers to remain steadfast while carrying out the exercise of state data collection. Cautioning the enumerators to avoid any sort of political confrontation, Hekali said “Let this be an honest exercise”.
Addressing the stakeholders of Dimapur district census operation at DC conference hall, former NEZCC director Hekali stated that 2001 census was inaccurate and unacceptable, which had taken away credibility of the figures. “2001 census was highly inflated and unacceptable” she averred. It may be mentioned that even state assembly had denounced the 2001 census as ‘inaccurate and unacceptable’.
Lamenting that data according to 2001 census was unreliable and have affected government plans and polices, Hekali asserted that entire exercise carried out during 2001 census was done without proper knowledge and planning. She also stated that the erroneous census have led to inequality in the society and said, ‘we are making plans and programmes where people does not exists’.
While clarifying that entire exercise was ‘head-counting’ and completely different from electoral list, Hekali informed that people will be counted as per their present residential address.
Later, on the sidelines of the meeting, she replied that even illegal immigrants will also be counted, when queried.
However, she also clearly mentioned that counting them did not meant conferment of citizenship.
Divulging further on the entire exercise, the census director informed that it was a three phase process which was time bound and which needed constant supervision and inspection by officer concerned.
She also urged the census in-charge officers to know each enumerator personally and carry out inspections regularly.
She affirmed that there should be no errors while collecting data and should be successful and accurate and for which she pointed out that entire exercise cannot be carried out effectively without team work.
The first phase of the exercise will be carried out from June 1 till July 15, second phase from February 9-28, 2011 and third phase (revision) from March 1-5, 2011.
Prodigals Home has been appointed as lead NGO by government of India to assist during the exercise, Hekali disclosed.
It may be mentioned that the fist ever census was carried out by Britishers in 1872 and ever since 1881 the exercise has been carried out every 10 years till date. The 2011 census will the 15th census and 7th since India got independence.
•-PHASE I – (June 1-July 15, 2010) House listing and house census and canvassing of household schedule of National Population Register (NPR).
•-Phase II – (February 9-28, 2011) Population Enumeration.
-Phase III – (March 1-5, 2011) Revision Round.

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