Chennai: In view of Covid-19, the first phase of the Census and the exercise to update the National Population Register (NPR) will be deferred this year, reports said, quoting government sources.
“Census is not an essential exercise for now. Even if it is delayed by a year, there would be no harm,” a senior official told PTI.
The official said no final decision has been taken on when the first phase of the Census 2021 and NPR update would take place, but it is almost certain that it would not be held in 2020 due to the rising cases of the coronavirus.
The Indian census is one of the largest administrative and statistical exercises in the world, with the involvement of more than 30 lakh officials who would visit each household across the length and breadth of the country.