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Census pop. enumeration begins in state
Correspondent KOHIMA, FEB 9 (NPN):
Published on 10 Feb. 2011 12:59 AM IST
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Population Enumeration of Census 2011 began Wednesday with chief minister Neiphiu Rio as the first citizen to be enumerated in the state.
While being enumerated, the chief minister made an appeal to all citizens especially civil societies and NGOs to cooperate in the operation and provide accurate information. He said that correct census was essential for effective system building in society adding “let us be truthful to ourselves, our society.” Rio further cautioned people that the Unique Identification (UID) and biometrics system would catch up with people even if they give wrong census information.
He lauded the census department for successfully conducting the first phase of census operation, and expressed optimism for a successful 20-day operation of phase II. Rio stressed on importance to be given to three issues – disability, gender and work, among others.
The chief minister pointed out that three districts of Mon, Tuensang and Dimapur have been identified as ‘gender critical’ districts on the basis of low sex ration, literacy, work, participation rates etc. Rio was confident that if the ‘gender critical’ census questions were properly canvassed and recorded during the 2nd phase of census, such accurate data should show the actual status of Naga women.
Minister for health and family welfare, Kuzholuzo Nienu, director of census Hekali Zhimomi and other officials were present at the launching.
The essential feature of population enumeration is that each person is enumerated and his individual particulars are collected at a well defined point of time called the Census Moment with the reference date for Census 2011 being 00:00 hours of March 1, 2011. The revision round is from March 4 – 5, according to a notification issued by the chief secretary which was made available by the DIPR. The operation will continue till February 28.

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