Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy on Friday asked the officials to make the Census data bonafide and credible.
His direction to all the officers engaged in Census Operation came during a video conference in the State Level Conference of Census-2021.
Mr.Tripathy said, “Census data forms the basis of planning and reference for ten years. Since it is done in every ten years, some officers may not be quite conversant with the process. As such, the Collectors, ADMs, Tahasildars, Municipal Commissioners, Block Development Officers and Executive Officers must read and understand the Act and Rules in detail,” he said.
The Chief Secretary directed these officials to also go through the Census compendiums and organize the trainings properly at levels.
He said that the Census 2021 is first of its kind as it is mostly being dome on digital mode.
Development Commissioner Suresh Chandra Mohapatra said, “Since census is a time bound operation, it should be taken up with all seriousness at all levels”.
Additional Chief Secretary Revenue & Disaster Management Pradipta Kumar Mohapatra said, “Census is the principal source of primary data at grass root level like village, ward and towns on pan-Indian basis and it is widely used by national and international agencies. As such, the enumerators play an important and scared role for Governance, planning and research”.
Director Census Operations Premananda Khuntia said that this time a mobile App would be used in house and population enumeration.
The App could be used both in online and offline mode.
A mixed-method of data collection with mobile App, paper schedule and self enumeration would be adopted. The enumerators would use their own android mobile or i-Phone.
It was said that an additional incentive of Rs. 7500 would be provided for use of own mobile in enumeration work while the management and monitoring of the work would be done through Census web portal.
Mr.Khuntia said, “this will help in faster data finalization with greater accuracy”.
According to officials, the Revenue & Disaster Management Department Government of Odisha would be the State Nodal Department for Census Operations.
The entire operation would be carried on in two phases. The Phase-I would be period of 45 days between April to September, 2020 during which house listing would be done while Phase-II will be from February 9 to 28, 2021 during which population enumeration would be done.
The revisional round would be conducted from March 1 to 5, 2021, the officials said.
The Collectors & District Magistrates and Commissioner of Corporations would serve as Principal Census Officers.
Additional District Magistrates, Sub-Collectors & Sub-Divisional Magistrates and Revenue Divisional Officers will operate as Census Officers while Tahsidars, Additional Tahasildars, BDOs and Executive Officers would operate as Charge Officers.
Field level officers of State Government and Local Bodies along with teachers would work as enumerators. Officers generally of a rank higher than enumerators will work as Supervisors.
Additional Chief Secretary PK Mohapatra, Special Secretary Revenue & Disaster Management RN Palai, along with senior officers from Directorate of Census participated in the conference.
The Collectors along with senior Revenue Division level officers and district level officers participated in it through video conference.