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This census will focus on your lifestyle choices

The 2011 census will include questions about your lifestyle choices. In what will be the largest census ever, there will be two questionnaires with a total of 50 questions. The two questionnaires are for the census and the National Population Register (NPR).

mumbai Updated: Apr 08, 2010 01:01 IST
Bhavika Jain

The 2011 census will include questions about your lifestyle choices.

In what will be the largest census ever, there will be two questionnaires with a total of 50 questions. The two questionnaires are for the census and the National Population Register (NPR). The NPR is a data compilation process that is being done for the first time to facilitate a Unique Identification Card (UIC) for every citizen of India.

“There are many lifestyle related questions in the form. The form is tailored in such a way that it gives information about the individual in ever aspect –education, age and standard of living,” added a civic official.

Incidentally, the two forms don’t ask citizens about their religion. They however include questions about the caste of a person.

The process of data collection for the census will begin from May 1 and will go on till June 15.

According to the data issued by the civic body there are 28,906 house blocks (one house block consists of 150 houses), which will be surveyed by the enumerators.

“We will need 31,797 enumerators to carry out the data collection for the census. One person will visit 150 homes,” said additional municipal commissioner, Manisha Mhaiskar. The enumerators will visit houses between 7 am and 10 pm.

The data collected under the census process is confidential and the information cannot be given even if a Right To Information plea is made.

They civic body will also set up grievance cells in every ward so that people who haven’t been surveyed can register so that enumerator can then visit these houses. The survey will take of biometric details and fingerprints in the later
stages for issuing of UIDs.

“The civic body has decided to launch an awareness campaign about the census in the city,” added Mhaiskar.

Under the census and the citizenship act, citizens are required to provide correct information to the enumerator and also allow him to make markings on the wall of the house. If the citizens don’t cooperate and are found to be misleading or giving false information, there is a provision in the act through which they can be penalised.