next census will be fully digital with 100 % accuracy; Birth and death register to be linked with census

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Home Minister Amit Shah has said that the next census will be completely digital with 100 percent accuracy.

  • The birth and death register will be linked to the census.

  • With the electronic process and enumeration of people, the census will be updated automatically after every birth and death in the country.

  • Shah was inaugurating the new office building of the Directorate of Census Operations in Assam at Amingaon in Kamrup district on 9th May.

  • The digital census will shape the 'policies of the country for the next 25 years'.

  • The 2021 census was delayed due to the Covid pandemic and will be completed by 2024.

  • The new software will have multiple uses as it will be linked to registration of births and deaths.

  • As soon as someone is born, his/her details will be updated in the software.

  • Once that person turns 18, his name will be registered in the voter list from the census office itself.

  • Details like change of residence of people will also be updated through the software.

  • About Census

  • Census involves the process of collecting, compiling, analyzing, evaluating, publishing and disseminating statistical data about a population and its characteristics.

  • The decennial census is conducted by the Office of the Registrar General and the Census Commissioner, Ministry of Home Affairs.

  • It is conducted under the provisions of the Census Act, 1948.

  • Census is a union subject under Article 246 of the Constitution of India.

  • The first non-synchronous census in India was conducted in 1872 during the reign of Governor-General Lord Mayo.

  • The first synchronous census was taken under British rule in February 1881, by W C Plowden (Census Commissioner of India).

  • Since then, the census has been carried out uninterruptedly every ten years.

  • Census 2011 was the 15th National Census of the country since 1872. 

  • This was the seventh census after independence.

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