Over 25,000 staffers from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and the state government will be deployed to conduct the second phase of census duty from February 9-28. Training and preparation for the headcount has already begun in different civic schools across the city.
Of the 25,000 staffers to be employed on census duty, 13,000 are the BMC’s teaching staff, 4,000-5,000 is routine civic staff from the engineering sections, ward offices and other departments and the rest are from the state government.
“Around 17, 000 staff members will be employed on census duty and approximately 1,000 staffers are being kept on standby,” said a BMC official on condition of anonymity, because he is not authorised to talk to the media.
In the first round of census held between May 1- June 15 2010, the National Population Register details and house listings were recorded.
In the second round of the census, called the Population Enumeration Phase, detailed information about each family member will be noted like profession, qualifications and languages they speak.
“On the night of February 28, all the homeless people will be surveyed,” said Manisha Mhaiskar, additional commissioner, BMC. She added that census work would not affect routine civic work.
However, ward officers said that the routine civic work would be affected because staff from the ward office is being diverted for census training. “A lot of staff from the engineering and anti-encroachment department is being diverted for census work. As a result, supervision work on civic sites will get affected and the demolition of encroachments in the city will get delayed for the next few weeks,” said a ward officer, requesting anonymity, because he is not authorised to talk to the media.