With the second round of the census set to begin on Wednesday, director of census Ranjit Singh Deol, on Monday, appealed to citizens to co-operate with enumerators by providing complete and accurate information. He assured that the information would remain confidential.
Census commissioner and registrar general of India will be conducting the second phase of the census from February 9 to March 5.
“Across the state, around 2.30 crore households, including more than 30 lakh in Mumbai, are expected to be covered during this period. Around 2.26 lakh enumerators will be deployed for census work in the state and 26,000 in Mumbai.”
The first phase of the census was held between May 1 and June 15, 2010 in which house listing and collection of data for the National Population Register (NPR) was done. In the second phase, the enumerator will collect data on demography, economic activity, literacy and education, housing and household amenities, urbanisation, fertility and mortality, caste, tribe, language, religion and migration of residents.
“The census is a crucial survey and the state is conducting it seriously to ensure accuracy. Measures are taken to ensure that not a single person is left out. Not just cities, we will pay equal attention to isolated villages, slums, naxalite areas, mental hospitals, prisons, institutional homes like orphanages and old age homes,” said MS Chaudhary, secretary (general administration), Maharashtra government.
The first round will take place from February 9 to 28, while a revision round will be held between March 1 and 5 to enumerate those who were missed in the first round.
In case, residents miss even the second round and are not present for a consecutive 21 days at their residence, they will be considered to be residing somewhere else.
The enumerators will also leave their contact details with neighbours requesting for a convenient time for enumeration.
In a bid to create awareness, the government has also painted entire local trains in Mumbai with ads on the census.
The trains will start plying once the survey starts. Similarly, 1,400 state transport (ST) buses are painted with the campaign ads to create awareness in rural area.
In Mumbai, the BEST buses, too, will display advertisements to remind people about the census.