COVID-19: Odisha CM urges PM Modi to push Census 2021

Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today shot off a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting the Central Government to review the decision for Census 2021 keeping in view the coronavirus outbreak and take appropriate decision in the interest of people.

Worth mentioning, the Ministry of Home Affairs has issued notifications for conduct of Census 2021 and updation of National Population Register throughout the country. Accordingly, all states have been given schedules to complete the first phase for house-listing, housing census and updation of population registration during 45 days the period falling within April 1 to September 30 2020.

In the letter, Patnaik said around 30 lakh enumerators and supervisors in the country will be engaged to collect data bu visiting each household in first phase. However,in the current situation, where all efforts are directed towards containment of COVID-19, mobilization for the Census and other concerned activities will pose a great risk for filed functionaries and people as well.

“I would suggest you to postpone the scheduled Census and related activities in the country and take appropriate decision in the interest of people. Overall stock may be taken on the emerging situation,” Patnaik wrote in the letter.

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