New Delhi: The Phase-I of Census 2021 and the updation of NPR scheduled to begin on various dates beginning 1st April 2020 have been postponed in view of the emergency of COVID-19.
Office of Registrar General & Census Commissioner, Ministry of Home Affairs, in a notification on Wednesday, has said the scheduled programme has been postponed till further orders.
Reports said the Census 2021 was scheduled to be conducted in two phases, viz., (a) Phase-I i.e. House listing & Housing Census during April- September 2020 and (b) Phase-II i.e. Population Enumeration during 9th to 28th February 2021.
The updation of NPR was also proposed to be done along with the Phase I of Census 2021 in all the States/UTs, except Assam.
The Ministry of Home Affairs has issued guidelines for strict implementation of the measures to be taken by the Ministries/Departments of Government of India and State/Union Territory Governments for containment of COVID-19 Epidemic in the country. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has also issued advisories on social distancing.