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Census 2011 begins
Correspondent KOHIMA/DIMAPUR, JUN 1 (NPN):
Published on 2 Jun. 2010 12:23 AM IST
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Census 2011, India’s 15th enumeration drive since 1872, officially began Tuesday in Nagaland with state chief minister Neiphiu Rio becoming the first person to be listed in the decennial exercise at his official residence Kohima.
The first phase of this massive exercise would be carried out from June 1 to July 15 with enumerators visiting houses. The second phase would be conducted from February 1 to 28, 2011.
State chief minister has appealed to the people of Nagaland to provide accurate figures, and ensure that Census-2011 was properly carried out with truth and honesty.
Rio said Census was very important data for planning process, and added that correct name spelling was most important while filling up the details .
Further, stressing that accurate census was very essential; Rio said it would enable the government to draw perspective plans of various departments.
State chief minister felt that time has come to discontinue manipulating Census, as he quoted Prime Minister as saying corruption of people would be charged with the unique Identity Card.
“If you cheat you will be a loser,” Rio further said.
Census director Hekali Zhimomi, who was accompanied by deputy commissioner Kohima, Beiu Angami and officials from central census and state official, lauded chief minister for his patience during the course of recording his details and answering to queries by of the 2011 census enumerators.
“We should follow the example set by the chief minister,” Hekali said, and informed the public to assist and help enumerators bring correct census.
She also urged upon the enumerators, in far flung areas, to carry out their duties on time.
Hoho for correct data
Naga Hoho Tuesday, while making an appeal to the people of Nagaland to take part in Census exercise honestly, said it was time for Nagas to count “ourselves” honestly and have true and correct number of each tribe.
“Let no political or tribal interest sway us in obtaining a correct data of how many we are in this land,” the Naga Hoho president Keviletuo Kiewhuo and general secretary P. Chuba Ozukum, said in a communiqué.
According to Hoho leaders, people in Nagaland can not afford to miss out on this crucial exercise (census) and must assert “our right” in demanding that government utilized accurate database for planning.
Maintaining that Census has been a much misunderstood exercise in Nagaland with people equating it with electoral roll listing or data that was solely used by government of India, the Naga Hoho said: “However, we in Nagaland are now much more aware and most of us understand that census is a crucial tool for planning that is used all over the world by many nations.”
It went on to state that Nagas have a crucial part to play in ensuring that correct information was provided.
“It begins with honesty at the individual levels. Only then can we have a correct and complete census in Nagaland,” the hoho said.

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