Special security officers to hold census in sensitive areas
Special charge officers will be selected from the ranks of army and paramilitary forces and imparted training for conducting the 2021 census. For population enumeration in areas such as cantonment board and residential colonies of paramilitary per...
The special charge officers will be selected from the ranks of army and paramilitary forces and imparted training for conducting the 2021 census. For population enumeration in areas such as cantonment board and residential colonies of paramilitary personnel, the census commissioner will record it as a “service” and not give other details owing to security concerns, officials told ET.
“Sometimes, there may be special colonies under the control of government or public sector authorities such as railways, irrigation, forest, thermal power stations. It is obligatory on the principal census officer to identify all such special colonies in his/ her jurisdiction and ensure to appoint special charge census officers in these areas for both-—house listing, housing census and National Population Register (NPR),” said the note issued by the RGI.
The census will be conducted in two phases. In the first phase, house listing operations will be conducted in any two months chosen by the states between April and September 2020. In the second phase, actual population enumeration will be done from February 9-28, 2021, followed by a revision round from March 1-5, 2021. However, for J&K and snow-bound areas of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, population enumeration will be conducted during September 11-30, 2020, followed by revision round from October 1-5, 2020, according to the RGI.
As many as three million field functionaries will be deployed and for the first time data will be collected in mix mode using paper as well as smartphone based mobile app, as per the enumerator’s convenience, said an official. A budget of ? 621.33 crore has been allocated by the Centre this year in the run-up to the preparation for Census 2021.