Director of Census Operations V. Hekali Zhimomi IAS on Tuesday called for honesty while conducting the census exercise.
The director was addressing a meeting of civil societies comprising Naga Hoho, NGBF, NMA, NSF, ENPO, ENSF, NCF and NBCC was organized by Directorate of Census Operations, Nagaland at DUDA Conference Hall Kohima.
The purpose of the meeting was to brief the organizations on who would be involved as community monitors as part of the Community Based Monitoring System (CBMS) for Census-2011.
The director gave detailed explanation about the first phase of Census-2011 under which House listing & Housing Census along with NPR will be conducted. She pointed out that Census exercise and Electoral Roll exercise were two distinct and separate exercises and also noted that the NPR Schedules which would be canvassed door to door would have provisions for recording present address and the permanent address of all individuals and hence she made an appeal that individuals should stay where they are and not travel to their native villages for the Census. She explained to the gathering that such temporary shifting of residence would change the demographic picture of the State.
She also pointed out that the information collected through the NPR Schedules would provide the vital database for the UID system being developed for the country. Director of Census revealed that she had already requested the State of Nagaland be covered under the 1st round of Biometrics for the country which would begun shortly after the 1st Phase of the Census exercise. The representatives of the apex Social organizations were briefed about the information to be collected during Phase – I of the Census. The representatives of the various organizations present requested the Directorate of Census Operations to create mere Public awareness and also pointed out the need to educate the legislators about the Census.