As lakhs of census enumerators trying to create the world’s largest database of residents reach the halfway mark, Minister of State in the home ministry Ajay Maken on Tuesday carried out the first review of the exercise and expressed satisfaction at the data collection for the National Population Register.
Last month, Ajay Maken had urged young MPs across political lines to oppose a caste census, emphasising that they should implement their political mandate for development rather than be “led by divisive agendas for short term gains”.
Maken, who had spoken out against inclusion of caste in his open letter, had said he was writing the letter as a young MP, not a minister.
On Tuesday, Maken put back his hat of the junior minister in the home ministry in charge of the census operations.
The MoS (Home) appealed to people not to lose the slips given by the census officials after collection of data as these will be required to identify them later when camps would be set up to collect biometric parameters later in September.
After an on-the-spot inspection at RK Puram in south Delhi, Maken also asked census officials to emphasise on the importance of this slip and the procedural delays that its loss may cause.
Data collection has been completed or nearing completion in 17 states and union territories including Orissa, Kerala, Arunachal Pradesh, Chandigarh, Karnataka, Gujarat and Assam.
Concerned over reports that many landlords were not permitting their tenants to get listed in the census exercise, Maken also urged them to facilitate the exercise to improve data integrity.