Govt. launches 7th Economic Census
Dimapur, Aug. 26 (EMN): The 7th Economic Census 2019 under the aegis of the ministry of Statistics, and in collaboration with the CSC eGovernance Service India Limited, was launched on August 26 at the Nagaland Civil Secretariat in Kohima by the principal secretary for IT & C and Power, KD Vizo.
The government publicity agency, the department of Information and Public Relations (IPR), gave details on August 26 informing about the programme.
In his address to officials during the event, Vizo said the economic census is a census of the Indian economy counting all the entrepreneurial units in the country involved in any economic activity.
All household establishments engaged in non-agricultural economic activities including construction, except public administration, defence and compulsory social security are proposed to be taken into account in the economic census.
The common service centre (CSC) in partnership with the ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation has been tasked with the responsibility of collecting data and related activities, he said.
The CSC eGovernance Services India Limited is stated to be a ‘special purpose vehicle’ of the ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.
The ministry will use IT-based mobile applications for data collection verification and supervision. The CSC will be an active partner in this endeavour.
‘We are in the era of knowledge economy and having good data is important,’ the official said. ‘The strength and relevance of a country or a state depends on the quality of data it has because henceforth every transaction will be now be made online for accurate transactions.’
In this regard, Vizo said that the IT and Economics and Statistics establishment will ensure accurate and authentic data so that the correct economic status of the state would be reflected.
The collected data will be useful for the society in future, he said. The official requested citizens to give full cooperation when the census is conducted.
Simultaneous programmes to mark the launch of the census were also held in seven other districts namely Phek, Wokha, Zunheboto, Kiphire, Longleng, Mon and Tuensang with their deputy commissioners.
The CSC has engaged 1,252 enumerators and 305 supervisors, a total of 1,557 personnel, who have undergone training for deployment to the field for census. The census will be covering 2264 enumeration areas which are 1,481 rural and 783 urban enumeration areas, the IPR stated.
Gregory Thejawelie, the deputy commissioner of Kohima, also chairman of the 7th Economic Census for the district, launched the census on the 26th of August for Kohima district in his office chamber in Kohima.
Committee members, supervisors and enumerators were among those who were at the programme, the IPR stated.
During the programme, Thejawelie was stated to have said that the economic census, which is taking place throughout the country, was an important programme. For any planning process, he said, he ‘data and status of the people’ and their economic condition are required to address various economic issues.
The officer urged the supervisors and the personnel who have been engaged in fieldwork to execute their work with sense of responsibility and sincerity so as to have a transparent and reliable economic data for Nagaland, the IPR stated.
According to the IPR, IT based digital platform for data-capturing, validation, report-generation and dissemination will be used in this economic census. The deputy commissioner said that the sixth Economic Census has been conducted till date.
The first economic census was undertaken in 1977, the second in 1980 followed by the third economic census in 1990. The fourth edition took place in 1998 while the 5th Economic Census was conducted in 2005. The 6th edition was conducted in 2013, the IPR stated.
Thejawelie said further that the 7th economic census exercise will cover a total number of 107 villages with a total of 30,000 household approximately. In the urban areas there will be a total of 148 enumeration blocks and six investigator units, the IPR stated. The activities in the field will be carried out by a total number of 49 supervisor and 174 enumerators.
For this exercise a series of training programmes for supervisor and enumerators were conducted in the subdivisions and district levels by the district manager for Kohima, CSC-SPV Nganuo Kielienyu and Vikhoto Kapu as resource persons, the IPR reported in its updates.
A similar programme marking the launch of the economic census was conducted also in Kiphire district. The census was launched in the deputy commissioner office’s conference hall on the 26th of August.
The deputy commissioner of Kiphire, M Shayung Phom said that the census is not only for the state of Nagaland but across the country. He urged the enumerators to be ‘sincere and do justice in their assigned duties.’
Phom urged the members of the public to give their cooperation and assist the enumerators if they face any difficulty during the process of enumeration, the IPR reported.
The IPR gave updates about Zunheboto district too. The 7th Economic Census 2019 for Zunheboto district will be starting from August 26, it stated.
All the additional deputy commissioners, subdivision officers and extra assistant commissioners in the Zunheboto district administration are requested to inform the village council chairmen and Gaon Burah in their respective jurisdiction about the economic census and also to provide full cooperation and support to the enumerators and supervisors in carrying out their census activities, the IPR stated.
For any queries and information, the district managers of the common services centre can be reached through the numbers 7005461101 and 7628863111, the IPR stated in its updates.