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