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Census to be conducted digitally via mobile apps, web portal

Census to be conducted digitally via mobile apps, web portal

Written by
Prateek Talukdar

October 14, 2022, 10:10 a.m.
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The government has not yet announced the timetable for the census

After being blocked by the pandemic for two years now, the government is finally preparing to conduct the census “digitally”.

The government is about to start testing mobile apps for India’s upcoming digital census, according to a report by News18.

Mobile apps and a dedicated web portal will be used to collect data in 16 programmed languages.

Why is this story important?

  • The 2021 census could not be taken due to the COVID-19 lockdown.
  • The census is a ten-year exercise which is the official count or survey of the whole country as an index to check progress from a benchmark.
  • The census is carried out by the Office of the Registrar General and Census Commissioner of India under the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).

More than 80 iPhones to test mobile applications

Senior officials from District Census Offices and the Office of the Registrar General of India will test mobile applications for data collection and the Census Management and Monitoring System (CMMS) web portal.

The government is said to have purchased over 80 iPhones for testing.

In March, the government changed the census rules for citizens wishing to self-enumerate online for the census.

Direct credit of fees, training allowance

Considered the largest administrative and statistical exercise in the world, the upcoming census will be “a milestone in India’s census history” with many new initiatives, according to a government document.

Changes include the use of CMMS for real-time management of census activities, as well as the crediting of fees and training allowances directly to the accounts of field officers.

Optional digital census planned for 2019

The first phase of the census, without the pandemic, was to be completed by September 2020, and the second phase by March last year.

The first phase is the house listing and dwelling census, which was put on hold in 2020 when the pandemic hit.

The government had planned the digital census in 2019 itself, although it had the option of collecting data on paper.