The socio-economic and caste-based census in Maharashtra will take off from October 2 and continue for 45 days till the end of December, informed chief minister Prithviraj Chavan in the cabinet on Wednesday.
Chavan declared that the process will be completely paperless and for the first time will be done using hand-held devices, the data from which will then be transferred on to tablet personal computers (PC) to make the process simpler. The entire costs of the census will be borne by the central government. The census will be carried out in both rural and urban areas at the same time.
As per the central government directives, enumeration blocks would be set up in areas with a population of 600 or less and the enumerators would visit every household for the survey. Maharashtra will have about 2.24 lakh blocks and over 62,000 enumerators will be appointed for the job.
The ministry of housing and urban poverty alleviation will carry out the job in urban areas, while the rural development ministry will take up the task in villages, as per the central government rules. A state committee headed by chief secretary Ratnakar Gaikwad will monitor the entire census process, while collectors will monitor the district-based committees.