President of India Pratibha Patil kicks off 2011 Census
Thursday, April 01, 2010
President of India Pratibha Patil  kicks off 2011 Census

New Delhi: The enumeration of the President of India, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil at Rashtrapati Bhavan today, by the staff of the Office of the Registrar General and Census Commissioner of India, marked the launch of the Decennial Census Operation and the preparation of the first ever National Population Register. The preparation of the first ever National Population Register is one of the biggest processes of its kind attempted anywhere in the world so far.

The President requested all residents of the country to wholeheartedly take part in the preparation of the first ever National Population Register and also the Decennial Census Operation, so as to make it a resounding success. She said by taking part wholeheartedly in this effort, the Nation will be benefited as well as each individual.

On this occasion, Shri P. Chidambaram, Union Home Minister, Shri G.K.Pillai, Union Home Secretary, Dr. C. Chandramouli, Registrar General and Census Commissioner, India, Shri Parimal Rai, Chairman NDMC, Shri R. C. Sethi, Additional Registrar General, Shri S.K.Chakrabarti, Deputy Director General (NPR), Smt. Varsha Joshi, Director of Census Operations, Delhi and were present. The Hon’ble Vice President of India was covered next. He congratulated the Census officials and on this occasion, conveyed his best wishes for the success and timely completion of this massive exercise.

Hon’ble Home Minister stressed the need for enrollment of every usual resident in NPR and appealed to everybody to participate in this endevour. He also requested the media to widely publicise the event regularly.

Census 2011 will be conducted in two phases. The first phase is called the Houselisting and Housing Census. This is to be conducted between April and July. This operation is to be conducted over a period of 45 days in each State/UT. The details required for creating the NPR will also be canvassed during this phase. The second phase called the Population Enumeration phase will be conducted simultaneously all over the country from February 9-28, 2011.

Spread across 35 States and Union Territories, the Census would cover 640 Districts, 5767 Tehsils, 7742 Towns and more than 6 lakhs villages. More than 24 crores households will be visited and 1.20 Billion people enumerated during this exercise. To carry out this massive exercise more than 2.5 Million people will be engaged.

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