Coronavirus News: First Phase Of Census 2021 Postponed Due To Covid Pandemic
The first phase of Census 2021 - which had been scheduled from April 1 to September 30 this year - has been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Home Ministry informed the Parliament Wednesday.
In response to a question by Punjab Congress leader Partap Singh Bajwa, the government said the initial phase of census operations, which would have included related field activities such as the exercise to update the contentious NPR (National Population Register) has been deferred.
A final decision on when these activities will take place has not yet been made. It is unlikely, however, that these will be held this year.
One of the largest administrative and statistical exercises in the world, the census in India is conducted once a decade and normally involves around 30 lakh officials visiting every household across the length and breadth of the country.
However, with the outbreak of COVID-19 and strict instructions to follow social distancing and other hygiene protocols, concerns had been raised over health risks to all involved.