The Modi government has taken another step to push the nation towards the Digital path. It’s about the mammoth census exercise that is to be conducted through a smartphone app instead of the traditional method of doing it through pen and paper.
The whole layout of the Census 2021 plan has been drawn over the last two days at the All India Conference of State Coordinators and Directors of Census Operations and Updation of National Population Register (NPR).
The reference date for the census has been fixed on March 1, 2021. However, for snow-covered areas such as Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, and Uttarakhand, it has been set on October 1, 2020.
This is the first time a mobile app will be used for collecting census data. The app will be utilized for three main purposes of census exercise, namely, house listing, data collection for National Population Register (NPR), and enumeration.
A total of 16 languages will be used for the massive census exercise. The expenditure outlay for the census has been set at Rs.12,000 crore.
The government intends to create a National Population Register (NPR) by September 2020. The register would include the list of “usual residents” in the country, which refers to a person residing in an area for the last six months or more than that or a person who plans to reside in the area for the next six months or more. The NPR exercise will take place at the local, sub-district, district, state, and national levels.
The first phase of the Census 2021 survey consists of the house listing phase, which will be conducted along with the NPR exercise. After completing the NPR exercise, the government will prepare the National Register of Indian Citizens (NRIC).
The office of the Registrar General, India (RGI) started a pilot project covering 1,200 villages and 40 towns and cities, spread over 5,218 enumeration blocks for data collection. The final enumeration of the NPR process will begin next year in April and end in September.