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Census 2021 To Be Conducted Digitally: Home Ministry

Nityanand Rai, minister of state for home, further said that the lower house of Parliament that there is still no suggestion to release the caste data at this point.

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New Delhi: The home ministry has announced that Census 2021 will be done digitally and is set to be carried out using a mobile phone app. The ministry also stated that a Census portal has also been developed.

The Census 2021 exercise set to be conducted fully digital this year, the Union home ministry informed Lok Sabha. This will also be the first ever time that the counting exercise will be conducted digitally, the ministry added.

Nityanand Rai, minister of state for home, further said that the lower house of Parliament that there is still no suggestion to release the caste data at this point.

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This will be the 16th Census since the enumeration exercise began back in 1860s.

HOW WILL IT WORK?

The home ministry further stated that Census 2021 will be conducted using a mobile application. This will be used to accumulate data by school teachers who will then double up as enumerators during the Census exercise.

The ministry revealed that a Census portal for the management and monitoring of numerous related activities has asp been developed.

The home minister said that there is also set to be a provision for self-enumeration.

Documenting data directly into a mobile phone is set to accelerate the process of data collection and the analysis afterwards.

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The above-mentioned Census portal has been developed by the Centre and will require the mobile phone numbers and other finer details of individuals for logging in.

Lok Sabha on Tuesday passed the Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty Seventh Amendment) Bill 2021 which restores powers back to the states and the Union Territories (UTs) to make their own Other Backward Class (OBC) lists.

The bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha on Monday and as it is a constitutional amendment it needs to be passed in both houses before it can become an act.

On Monday, the Opposition had said that it will cooperate with the government over passing the ball in both houses.

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