New Delhi, Jan 11 : Asserting that Census taking in India is a very challenging task, in view of its multi-ethnic, multi-lingual and multi-cultural society, President Pranab Mukherjee on Friday lauded the Registrar General and Census Commissioner for the timely completion of the Census 2011 in the country.
Presenting the census medals for extraordinary performance at the Census 2011 at a function at Vigyan Bhavan here, Mukherjee said: "I congratulate the entire Census team for having completed the field work successfully within the stipulated time period and declared the provisional results in a record time of three weeks after completion of the field work."
"I also congratulate all my countrymen for having cooperated in Census taking. Without their active and whole hearted co-operation it would have not been possible to complete this gigantic exercise in a short duration of 21 days," he added.
Stating that the successful conduct of Census without any break since year 1872 makes the Indian census unique and unparalleled in the world.
"Census taking in India is a very challenging task, in view of its multi-ethnic, multi-lingual and multi-cultural society. The complexity of the exercise can be visualized from the fact that Census Schedules were canvassed in 16 languages and training given in 18 languages. About 5.4 million Instruction manuals and 340 million Census Schedules were printed. 2.7 million enumerators and supervisors were engaged in the task of Census taking across 35 States, 640 districts, 5924 sub-districts, 7936 towns and 6.41 lakh villages!," he said.
"The unique feature of Census 2011 is that Schedules for preparation of National Population Register (NPR) were also canvassed along with Houselisting Schedules," he added.
Emphasising that India is emerging as a strong, self-reliant and modern nation, Mukherjee said: "The basic benchmark statistics on the state of human resources, demography, culture and economic structure thrown by Census 2011 would not only help planners, policy makers and other stakeholders in evaluating the success of on-going schemes but would also assist in formulating future developmental plans."
"Census data are also widely used by national and international agencies, scholars, business persons, institutions and particularly the researchers. Informed decision making has to be based on empirical data and census is the only source of data that provides information on various individual characteristics right up to village level for rural areas and ward level for urban areas," he said.
"I hope with the latest technology adopted by Census Organization for data dissemination, Census results would be accessible quickly to all the stakeholders in the remotest corner of the country," he added. (ANI)