The Jammu and Kashmir Census department doesn't have sufficient staff to conduct the census process in the state, which already has been delayed by one and half month due to the climatic conditions.
To conduct the census in the state, Government of India (GOI) is planning to involve manpower from outside J&K to start the process but still the decision is not final.
To involve people from outside is a tough task as these people will not be familiar with the topography of the state and government will also have to provide security to them to conduct the census.
Sources in the J&K census department told HT, "The department is facing short of manpower to conduct the census process. To overcome the shortage of manpower, GOI is planning to involve people from other states but no final decision has come up so far."
"If these people are involved in the census, government will have to provide security to reach each and every corner of the state to do the filed work which will be a tough task for them," said sources, adding, "Not only that staff coming from outside state will not be familiar with the topography which will hinder their job of conducting the census."
Being a multi-linguistic state, staff coming from outside will also face the language bar and will not be able to do proper census, sources added.
Sources further said, "If people from outside state are involved in the process, the census might not be completed. Being a sensitive state, people of different regions will not accept outsiders for conducting the most sensitive job. Both mainstream and separatist politicians have already shown their area of interest as far as census process is concerned and are asking people to participate in the census process."
"Some sections of the state have already shown apprehensions that state may try to project the state as Hindu majority state," sources added.
To overcome this issue, there is the provision to involve retired officials of the department to complete the census process. These officials are well versed with the topographic conditions as well as linguistic nature of the state, which will help them in completing the census without any delay.