Census exercise in J&K to begin from June 2020

The work for Census in Jammu and Kashmir will begin from June next year, an official said. Unlike the past practice, school teachers will not be part of the Census exercise, he said.

Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam on Friday chaired a meeting of the State Level Census Coordination Committee to review the preparatory work for conducting the next population Census 2021 in Jammu and Kashmir, an official spokesman said.

The Planning Development and Monitoring Department has been designated as the nodal department for Census 2021. Deputy commissioners (DCs) have been designated as principal census officers, he said.

"In Census, data is collected on all persons who are present in the country during the period of Census enumeration. At the time of population Census 2011, J&K had a population of 1.24 crore," the spokesman said. The questionnaire for Census was pilot-tested in the period between August and September 2019 in Jammu and Kashmir, he added.

The training of 28 master trainers will commence in the month of December 2019 at J&K IMPARD, while training of field trainers will commence in January 2020 and of enumerator and supervisors in April 2020, the spokesman said.

The house listing and household Census will be held between June 1 and July 15, 2020, he said.