The Census of India 2011 operations were launched in Goa on 9th February starting with the enumeration of Chief Minister Digambar Kamat and his family at Margao.
Census Operations Director A. K. Wasnik informed that 3,564 field staff have been trained to complete this task, which will continue till 28th February 2011 midnight. “The revisional round for deletion or inclusion will be held from 1st March 2011 to 5th March 2011”, he added.
While enumerating, 29 questions will be asked like name of the person, relationship with the head of the family, sex (where incidentally the third sex of trans genders will also be enumerated for the first time under the classification of ‘others’), date of birth, age, current marital status, age at marriage, religion, scheduled caste (SC)/ scheduled tribe (ST), disability, mother tongue, other languages known, highest educational level attained, characteristics of workers and non-workers, migration characteristics and fertility particulars.
The information collected is treated as confidential under the law and will only be used for statistical purposes. No individual identity will be revealed and the data cannot be used as evidence in any court. The Government of India has guaranteed complete secrecy of the census data so that the citizens can feel free to give proper and correct details without hesitation.
Mr. Wasnik has appealed to all Goans to participate in this exercise and in case if any field staff misses their house or if their house is closed when the field staff visits the area, then to get in touch with the officials to get themselves enumerated.