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Every 10 years the Registrar General and Census Commissioner, India operating under the Ministry of Home Affairs carry out the massive exercise to count different aspects of India’s billion plus population. At the recently held conference of state coordinators and directors of Census operations it was decided that the 2021 census will be conducted through mobile phone application.
The official reference date of the census is to be March 1, 2021 and for the snow bound Himachal Pradesh, Uttarkhand and Himachal Pradesh it is to be October 1, 2020. Training of the officials participating in the program is to begin by October 14, 2019. The exercise is to be carried out in 16 different languages at a cost of 12,000 crore rupees
This is the first time Government is adopting a Digital method moving away from the traditional pen and paper method.
After the publish of NPR – National Population Register, the government is planning to prepare NRIC – National Register of Indian Citizens
About India Census
The last and 15th Census began in 2010. Around 2.7 million officials visited households in 7,935 towns and 600,000 villages. The Government spent around 2,200 crores rupees to conduct the census. In 2011, the transgender population was counted in population census in India for the first time. There were around 490,000 transgenders in the country according to 2011 census.
The SECC – Socio Economic and Caste Census was conducted in 2011. So far, the GoI has conducted SECC census four times in 1992, 1997, 2002 and 2011.
In 2017, the GoI agreed to use SECC instead of below poverty line as main instrument for identifying beneficiaries.
Tags: Census • Home Ministry • National Population Register • NPR • NRC
The mHariyali mobile application was launched by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs to encourage public engagement in planting trees and Green drives. The application provides automatic geo – tagging of plants. It will hence enable the nodal officers to periodically monitor the plantation.
What is the initiation all about?
The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs in September 2019, had selected 103 Central Government colonies to implement the following
- Awareness and Construction of Roof top rain water harvesting
- Cleaning and Greening of open space through plantation
- Sensitization on Source Segregation of household waste
- Orientation and Capacity building on Home Composting.
The application is a part of the campaign to keep the participants motivated. As a part of the campaign the Hariyali Mahostav was also launched
The Mahotsav is a mass plantation drive that was conducted in Chanakyapuri, New Delhi. Under the program around 500 plants were planted by 150 people.
Under this mass initiative till date, 25 rain water harvesting structures have been constructed, 21,756 plants have been planted and more than 3800 people participated.