India Puts Off Census Exercise Indefinitely Due To Covid-19 Pandemic


Union Minister of State for House Nityanand Rai knowledgeable the Parliament on Tuesday that census-related discipline actions have been “postponed until additional orders” because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The extension of deadlines for processes required earlier than the census can happen, freezing of administrative boundaries and itemizing of homes. PTI reported that in a letter despatched to all states and Union territories in June, the workplace of the Registrar Common of India (RGI) had prolonged the deadline for the freezing of administrative boundaries to December 31, 2022.

The census in India is held each 10 years. The final one was carried out in February-March 2011, and the following train was scheduled to be over by March 2021 however was delayed because of the pandemic.

The Census Guidelines of 1990 point out that administrative boundaries of districts, tehsils and cities can’t be frozen multiple yr earlier than the census date and, subsequently, requires states and UTs to supply particulars of adjustments made within the boundaries to the RGI after the freezing.

“Freeze the executive boundaries of districts, tehsils, cities, and so on., from the date to be intimated by the Census Commissioner who shall not be sooner than one yr from the census reference date and until the completion of the census,” Rule 8 (iv) says.

For the reason that freezing of boundaries will no longer happen earlier than December, there isn’t any probability of a census this yr. Furthermore, a technique of house-listing needs to be accomplished earlier than the census. This deadline is now prolonged, which was earlier mounted at 30 June.

First Printed:  IST