The census in Jammu and Kashmir is not starting on Thursday unlike other states where the process has begun. The process will go underway in the state from May 15 in accessible areas and in inaccessible areas; it will start in the month of July.
The census-2011 is the fifteenth biggest census of India. The first census of India was held in 1872 and since than it has been conducted after every ten years. J&K will not be the part of this world’s biggest census from Thursday but will join it later during the mid of May.
The reason behind the delay in starting census in J&K is said to the revised schedule prepared by union planning department in consultation with state government in 2009.
Talking to HT, Director Census Farooq Ahmed said, “Keeping in view the climatic condition of J&K it was decided in 2009 that census would start in J&K a bit late than other states.”
“The climatic condition of Jammu and Kashmir is a bit different from other states. Here the snow starts melting in higher reaches from April and in few areas it starts in June. Thus the schedule was prepared keeping in view all these factors,” Ahmed added.
He said that in 2009, when the schedule was prepared it was not known that snow will melt fast in the state.
“But still there are areas like Marwah and Dachan area in Kishtwar district of Jammu region, Kargil, Drass and Nobra in Ladakh region where it is not possible to reach during the month of May,” said Farooq Ahmed.
“Thus we planned to start census process in these areas by the end of July and the process will end by August end,” Ahmed added.
Director census said that as a first step, listing of houses and national population register programme would be done simultaneously in the state. “After preparing the date, population enumeration will be done in 2011,” Ahmed added.