Jammu: Chief Secretary, B VR Subrahmanyam Friday chaired a meeting of the State Level Census Coordination Committee to review the preparatory work for conducting the next Population Census 2021in Jammu and Kashmir.
The Planning Development and Monitoring Department has been designated as the nodal department for Population Census 2021. The Deputy Commissioners (DCs) have been designated as Principal Census Officers.
Principal Secretary, PD&MD, Principal Secretary, Housing & Urban Development, Commissioner/Secretary, School Education, Secretary, Rural Development & PR, Secretary, GAD, Secretary, Revenue, Secretary, Law, Justice & Parliamentary Affairs, Director, Census Operations and other officers attended the meeting.
In Census, data is collected on all persons who are present in the country during the period of Census enumeration. At the time of Population Census 2011, J&K had a population of 1.24 Crore.
The questionnaire for census was pilot tested in the period between August and September, 2019 in Jammu and Kashmir. The training of 28 master trainers will commence in the month of December, 2019 at J&K IMPARD, while training of field trainers will commence in January, 2020 and of Enumerator and Supervisors in the month of April, 2020.
The House listing and Household Census will be held between 1st of June and 15th of July, 2020. The Population enumeration will be held in September, 2020 in inaccessible (snow bound) areas and in February, 2021 in accessible areas as per the schedule of the Registrar General. The data for the National Population Register (NPR) will also be updated along with House listing and Household Census.
Chief Secretary directed that data relating to snow bound inaccessible areas of each district should be collected from the DCs. Further, he directed that school teachers should be kept out of the purview of the Census-2021 and the nearly 30,000 Enumerators and Supervisors needed be drawn from other departments.
Chief Secretary asked Director, Census Operations to formulate a check list of activities, role and responsibilities of officers associated with the activity and completion time for systematic planning and effective monitoring of the Census operation. He also emphasized on factoring in the changes effected in the boundaries of Panchayat Halqas in the urban areas and also taking into account the latest election data while collecting the Census data. Further, Director, Census Operations was asked to liaise with the Planning Development and Monitoring Department on regular basis and ensure that the Census operation is undertaken as per the schedule drawn for the purpose and error free Population Census-2021 across Jammu and Kashmir is completed smoothly within the set timelines.