DIMAPUR, DECEMBER 15: Almost four years after the Centre notified its intent to conduct Census 2021, the project remains in limbo due to the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic.
According to a reply given by Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai in Rajya Sabha on December 14, “due to outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, the Census 2021 and the related field activities have been postponed until further orders”.
He also informed that the date of freezing the boundaries of administrative units, as part of pre-Census activities, has been extended up to December 31, 2022.
The intent of the Government for conducting Census 2021 was notified in Gazette of India on March 28, 2019.
Rai further stated that mobile and web applications for collection of data and a portal (CMMS) for management and monitoring of various Census-related activities have been developed.
“An expenditure of Rs 24.84 crore has so far been incurred on development of mobile applications, web applications, CMMS portal and related activities”, he informed.
(Page News Service)