Tribune News Service
New Delhi, August 30
The Covid-19 outbreak has left the federal government with no possibility however to defer the completion date for conducting the primary section of the Census-2021 and the train to replace the National Population Register (NPR). Sources stated the primary section of each workout routines was scheduled to be over by September 30, however now, it is perhaps delayed by a 12 months.
They stated although a closing resolution on new dates had not been taken but, it was for sure that these couldn’t be undertaken in 2020 in view of the rising variety of Covid-19 circumstances within the nation.
A senior Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) official, nonetheless, stated: “At present, the government’s priority is not Census. The entire machinery is involved in containing the pandemic. The delay by even a year in conducting Census and NPR would not have any adverse impact.”
The Indian Census is without doubt one of the largest administrative and statistical workout routines on the planet, with the involvement of greater than 30 lakh officers, who go to every family throughout the size and breadth of the nation.
The house-listing section of the Census and the train to replace NPR was scheduled to be carried out throughout the nation from April 1 to September 30, 2020, however was postponed because of the pandemic.
As per the unique plan, the Census had its reference date as March 1, 2021, and within the snow-bound areas of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, it was October 1, 2020.
In March, when the lockdown was introduced, the Registrar General and Census Commissioner of India was all set for the primary section of the dual workout routines. Even although some state governments opposed the NPR replace, all provided full help to the Census.