Union home minister Amit Shah said that the population Census, which was due in 2021 but had to be kept on hold due to the pandemic, will take place in a new avatar as an e-census that “will shape policies for the next 25 years”. Shah added that “birth and death registers will be linked to it”.
Shah said the home ministry has decided to add modern techniques to make the Census more scientific. Shah is in Guwahati on a two-day visit and will address a public rally to mark the completion of the first year of the BJP-led government’s second term in Assam on Tuesday.
“A new software that can carry out multiple tasks will be incorporated and the next Census will be an e-census, which will ensure 100% enumeration…,” he said while inaugurating a new office building of the Directorate of Census Operations at Amingaon, Assam. “By 2024, every birth and death will be registered, which means our Census will be updated automatically,” he said.
“After birth, the details will be added to the Census register, and after the person turns 18 the name will be included in the electoral roll. After death, the name will be deleted. Name and address change will be smoother, it will all be linked,” Shah said.
“Census is important from various aspects. For a state like Assam, which is population-sensitive, it is even more vital,” he added.
A Directorate of Census Operations, Assam, statement said data will be collected through a mobile app for the first digital Census in the country. Shah said he and his family would be the first to fill all details online when it is launched.
Highlighting its significance, Shah said the census portrays the “status of development, and what kind of lifestyles people have in mountains, cities and villages. Only a Census can tell how far development has reached in different demographic areas, including how far it has reached in Scheduled Tribe and hill areas. ”