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Digital Census For India by 2024: Amit Shah -By ASC


Amit Shah said the census was very important in the sensitive state of the population like Assam.

Guwahati:

The next census will be digitized and completed by 2024, Home Minister Amit Shah said in Assam on Monday.

Inaugurating the new office building of the Directorate of Census Operations in Amingaon in Kamrup district, the Home Minister said with the electronic process, the census would be updated automatically after every birth and death in the country.

Mr Shah said while the digital census would have its unique challenges, there would be advantages as well as about 50 per cent of the population would be able to channel their own data once the mobile app was downloaded to their phones.

Stressing its importance, the Union Minister said that the digital census would shape ‘national policy for the next 25 years’. He said, “Once the corona epidemic subsides, the digital census process will begin nationwide. The digital census will be completed before 2024.”

Adding that the 2021 census has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Home Minister stressed that without a proper census, proper planning for any development works and projects will not be possible.

“I know that using the latest and modern techniques to make the census process more scientific is a huge task, but officers and enumerators will accomplish this important task, decision -oriented and purposeful,” he said.

To make the initiative more “results -oriented”, Mr Shah said that the role of the central and state governments, as well as other stakeholders, was very important. “With checks and counter -checks, unwanted things can be eliminated,” he said.

“The census in India is important for many aspects. For a state like Assam, which is population sensitive, it is even more important,” he said.

The Home Minister said that after the birth, the details will be registered in the census record, and after he turns 18, the record will be listed in the electoral roll. After death the name will be removed, while updating address changes and other basic information will be smoother and easier.

Highlighting Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s initiative to launch a census in India, Mr Shah said that India’s first Home Minister had launched the most important initiative in 1951.

Mr Shah added that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said that when India celebrates 100 years of Independence, all sectors of the country must be at the highest and most desirable level.

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