e-Census of India- Census and its Digitalization
At the inauguration of the Directorate of Census Operations building in Assam, Amit Shah mentioned the e-Census of India. The Census for March 2022 got delayed due to COVID. So, the next Census will be taking place soon. This time, the process will be smoother and perfect. e-Census for India is a step towards Digital India and is destined to work for the better.
Census is important as it tells about the changes in demography, economy, areas lagging in the development, and cultural, linguistic, and societal changes. The history of Census in India began with the Census Act 1948. The first Census of India was conducted in the year 1830 by Henry Walter in Dacca. The first modern Census however was conducted in 1865 and 1872. It is held once in every 10 years. In 2011 was conducted the 15th Census of the country.
“The next census, which has been delayed because of COVID, will be an e-Census… a hundred per cent perfect Census, on the basis of which the country’s roadmap for the next 25 years will be built”-Amit Shah
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What is the e-Census?
The first time there was a mention of e-Census was in the year 2020. With the digitalization of the Census, it the data will be more scientifically accurate. Keeping this in mind, in February a budget of Rs. 3,786 crore was allocated for e-Census of India. Earlier, the Census was conducted through the Government officials that visited door to door of every house and filled forms. The e-Census of India will bring online self-enumeration into the picture. The Census will be updated digitally with every birth and death. This will be made possible by linking the birth and death register to the census.
Changes in the Census Rules
Amendments are made in the Census Act to include self-enumeration and National Population Regsiter. National Population Register (NPR) is a list of the “usual residents of the country”. By definition, usual residents are the people residing in a area for minimum last six months or plan to stay for the next six months. The amendments are mentioned in the Clause C of Rule-2.
“Census Schedule means the schedule containing questions referred to in sub-section (1) of section 8 of the Act, in paper form or in an electronic form and can be canvassed in the said modes including through self-enumeration.”– Clause C of Rule 2
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e-Census of India FAQs
The current population of India is 1,405,087,832.
Henry Walter conducted the first Census in India in the year 1830. Hence, he is called the father of Indian Census.
Visit the website censusindia.gov.in to check your name.
It will be a digitalized Census where the data is automatically added with every birth and death?
Definitions of terms like self-enumeration and ‘usual residents of the country’ are added in the amendment.