With over 25 per cent of the census enumeration process being complete, the entire exercise is expected to be completed by February 28 as scheduled.
Director for census operations S K Wasnik told TOI that he is “satisfied with the progress” of the census work in Goa. Wasnik said that with 3,064 enumerators and 509 supervisors in the field, over 25 per cent of the work is complete.
Citizens are cooperating with the enumerators in filling the 29-column-form giving details of their households. Since this is just the normal census which is conducted every 10 years, enumerators are not facing problems, Wasnik said. The enumerators only ask for the religion and whether a citizen belongs to the SC or ST category. If the citizen indeed belongs to the SC or ST community, then he is required to specify the type of SC or ST from the list given. If the enumerators do not find people at home, they will keep visiting the house till the survey is completed, Wasnik said.
When asked if a caste census would be conducted, Wasnik said the government of India was considering the idea, but that it has not been given final shape yet. The current census is only the normal population enumeration, Wasnik said.
All enumerators in Goa were subjected to a “training cascade” lasting three days prior to the census operations.