Meghalaya CM Conrad Sangma speaking at the State Level Conference on Census of India 2021 in Shillong on Monday. Image: Northeast Now
Meghalaya CM Conrad Sangma speaking at the State Level Conference on Census of India 2021 in Shillong on Monday. Image: Northeast Now

Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma on Monday emphasised that enumerators, supervisors and field level functionaries are sensitised on the importance of their work to ensure accurate collection of data.

He was speaking at the State Level Conference on Census of India 2021 (House listing & Housing Census Operations and Updation of NPR) in Shillong on Monday.

“Given the past experiences, we have seen that there is a gap in the execution at the grassroots,” Sangma said.

“Hence it is critical to ensure that enumerators, supervisors and field level functionaries are sensitised on the importance of their work,” he reiterated.

The state-level conference was organised by the Directorate of Census Operations, Meghalaya and GAD (B), State Nodal Department for Census.

The chief minister also reiterated the importance of one of the largest administrative and statistical exercise in the world, carried out every 10 years.

He emphasised the need for proper activation, sensitisation and training of all tiers of the government functionaries involved in the exercise to achieve accurate results.

Meghalaya Chief secretary MS Rao said that the quality of the data collected during the census is important as, over the years, the process of data collection has been refined.

“At present, with the implementation of the digital model of the census, it will not only speed up the process but improve the quality as well,” he said.

Stating that the census is the basis for the economic and social planning, Rao said that it is crucial for the whole exercise to be done correctly and properly to get reliable and good quality data for the State.

The Census of India 2021 will implement a mobile app-based solution for data collection. The census will be divided into two phases.

The first phase will include house listing and Housing census operations and updation of NPR, while the second phase is kept for population enumeration.

A brief overview of Census 2021 was also presented by Director (Census Operations Meghalaya), J Beda.

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