As part of an exercise by the National Population Register, a comprehensive survey has begun in coastal villages of Orissa's Kendrapara district for issuance of multi-purpose national identity cards to bonafide settlers.
As many as 97 coastal villages have been taken up for the survey in conformity with National Population Register (NPR) guidelines, Kendrapara Sub collector Ranjan Kumar Das said.
Altogether 227 enumerators who were subjected to intense training were carrying out the process and emphasis was being laid to make the enumeration error-free, he said.
While 55 villages of Rajnagar tehsil have come under the project, 42 human settlements from Mahakalpada tehsil have been picked up for the ongoing survey work, Das said.
Both Rajnagar and Mahakalpada tehsils are regarded as the hub of illegal Bangladeshi migrants.
"We are expecting to meet the prescribed target and complete the survey-cum-enumeration exercise by January 2010 year", he added.
The coastal security project is being jointly implemented by the Census Directorate and Union Home department.
Das said the enumerators would gather detail information about people residing in coastal villages. The information would include genealogical order of the families, nativity status and finger prints of those above 15 years.