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Census dept appeals for honest participation
Correspondent Kohima, Feb 8 (NPN):
Published on 9 Feb. 2011 1:09 AM IST
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On the eve of commencement of Census 2011 Phase II, Census department Tuesday appealed to the citizens of Nagaland to come forward and participate in the crucial exercise of population enumeration.
Stating “our census is our future”, the department said accurate and informative data was vital for effective planning for the state. Phase II of Census 2011 would start from Wednesday.
Briefing the media at The Heritage, director of Census, Hekali Zhimomi said department was prepared with far better training then the previous operation and expressed optimism for a “good census.”
She said that awareness drive was essential in changing the notion of misinterpretation of census as electoral roll.
Explaining the main focus of Census 2011 on disability, work and gender, Hekali said 2001 census in Nagaland had poorly recorded work participation as 42% of total workers in the state and 38.1% of women workers.
With regard to this, she said special efforts were being made in the current census to net characteristics of workers accurately with special emphasis on women’s contribution in economic activities. An objective of Census 2011 is to collect data about women that will enable gender sensitive policy formulation and planning.
Gender modules were introduced in the training for census functionaries and a separate gender trainer facilitator was appointed to sensitize the enumerators on gender issues during the Phase II training.
In Nagaland, Mon, Tuensang and Dimapur were identified as Gender Sensitive Districts based on low sex ratio and low female literacy rate. Giving special effort to collect correct data, the disability categories in Census 2011 include disability in seeing, in hearing, in speech, in movement, mental retardation, mental illness, multiple disabilities and any other to ensure that no disability is left out.
Further, the director stated that a unique feature of Census 2011 in Nagaland was the introduction of Community Based Monitoring system where eleven teams of community monitors selected from various civil societies will be assigned for each district in the state.
The Community monitors would be made to monitor the census operation across the state besides holding meetings with village councils, public leaders etc.
Earlier in phase I census operation, eight teams including Naga Hoho, NMA, NGBF, ENPO, etc were assigned as community monitors.
Hekali informed that positive feedbacks were received from all over the state in generating awareness and collection of accurate data through the monitors.
Phase II of Census 2011 also known as Population Enumeration (PE) phase will be carried out from February 9-28, with every citizen of the country being enumerated and his particulars collected at a well defined point of time called the ‘Census Moment’.
The reference date for Census of India 2011 being 00:00 hours of March 1, 2011.
On the night of February 28, the Houseless Population will be enumerated, where Dimapur and Kohima will be given special focus in Nagaland.
After the PE phase, a revisit will be conducted by enumerators from March 1-5 during which period updating of births and deaths will be done with reference to the Census Moment.
There are altogether 177 census charges including special charge and 4293 enumeration blocks (excluding special charge) spread across Nagaland whereby 4743 census functionaries will work in the field during the phase II. In addition, nodal officers and community workers are being stationed in each district to supervise, monitor and assist the operations.
The first phase of Census 2011 namely Houselisting and Housing Census was earlier held from June 1-July 15 2010 across the country. During this phase, buildings, census houses and households were identified and systematically listed, besides other amenities and assets available to the household.

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