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Census officers appeal for help, top performers to be honoured

mumbai Updated: May 16, 2010 01:25 IST
HT Correspondent

If your parents, in-laws or domestic help live with you, be ready with their name, date and place of birth — this is what the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation is asking citizens to do when the census enumerator comes around.

“The only difficulty we face is many people don’t know their father or mother’s date or place of birth,” said Uttam Bandgar, an enumerator.

“Only if we fill these details in the enumeration form will the census programme be completed on time,” said Manisha Mhaiskar, additional principal census officer.

The BMC has decided to felicitate the fastest 100 enumerators in the city, five who complete their enumeration in each administrative ward, and five working in vulnerable areas such as Kamathipura, Darukhana and the Sonapur area in Bhandup.

“It will encourage enumerators to complete the census on schedule,” said Mhaiskar.

The receipt issued for the National Population Register, a pink coloured slip, must be preserved by the family for the biometry and photography needed to obtain a Unique Identification Number (UIN).

Speaking about the 351 blocks (about 52,000 houses) where enumeration work has not yet started, Mhaiskar said: “This is because 10 per cent of the enumerators have not reported to us yet, but we’re confident the census will be completed in time by June 15. In my review meetings, I discovered some enumerators have already completed their quota of 150 houses in less than 15 days. Also, many have completed 60-70 per cent of their quota, which is a pleasant surprise.”

Census 2011 kicked off in the city on May 1.

It will be conducted in two phases: The first phase comprises house listing and housing census, along with the creation of the National Population Register until June 15.

Phase 2 consists of the actual population enumeration, from February 9 to 28, 2011.