Competitive Exams: Current Affairs 2011: Census

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Census 2011 Starts

  • Census 2011, billed as the largest peacetime mobilisation in the world, will see the massive exercise of population enumeration across the country simultaneously, between February 9 and 28.
  • While a column on the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes would be there in Census 2011, the government decided to hold caste-based enumeration as a separate exercise from June to September 2011.
  • For the first time, enumerators would collect such information as ownership of mobile phones, computers and the Internet, having treated or untreated drinking water facility and banking services.
  • The exercise will mark a milestone as the first ever NPR will also be prepared; all persons above 15 would be photographed and fingerprinted to create a biometric national database. With this, India would probably become the first democratic nation in the world that has its population fingerprinted in a year from now.
  • Once the NPR՚s final database was created, it would be sent to the Unique Identification Authority of India for duplication and generation of UID number and for issue of identity smart card.
  • Census 2011 would cover all people living in the country, including illegal immigrants from Bangladesh. It would cover anyone living in India, and enumerators would not ask their nationality.

Courtesy: The Hindu and Times of India