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Census work begins in Puducherry

Staff Reporter

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Under way: Enumerators collecting details from Lieutenant Governor Iqbal Singh in Puducherry on Tuesday

PUDUCHERRY: The operation to make a list of houses and collect data for maintaining the National Population Register began here on Tuesday, with enumerators getting details from Lieutenant Governor Iqbal Singh at the Raj Nivas. The enumerators also visited Chief Minister V. Vaithilingam's house and collected details.

The enumeration would be carried out to collect particulars such as the name of the head of the family, total number of members, nature of ownership of the house, number of rooms, number of married persons, source of drinking water, drainage connection, bathroom and kitchen facilities in the house.

Details about availability of equipment such as radio, television, landline and mobile phones, computers and vehicles in the house would be collected.

Particulars regarding bank accounts of the residents would also be gathered, a release from the District Collectorate said.

For preparing the National Population Register, details such as full name of the person, relationship with the head of the family, caste, date of birth, marital status, educational qualification, occupation, place of birth, nationality, period of stay at the present address and permanent address would be collected, the release said.

There is no need for the public to produce any evidence for the information given by them to the enumerators.

The information provided by the public would be confidential and therefore, they should provide correct information, the press release said.

Villupuram, Cuddalore

In Villupuram, the exercise was launched at the residence of Higher Education Minister K. Ponmudy in the presence of Collector R. Palanisamy and Municipal Chairman R. Janakaraj.

The Collector told reporters that as many as 6,719 teachers had been deployed on the task and each one of them would be collecting details from 150 households.

Mr. Palanisamy said that the information gathered would be kept confidential and the data utilised for planning developmental projects. In Cuddalore, Collector P. Seetharaman initiated the process. He said that as many as 4,651 enumerators were entrusted the task and 497 kept in reserve. Residents should verify the credentials of the enumerators such as identity cards before providing details.

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