National census begins: 50 percent of 44,000 enumerators are women

Published On: November 11, 2021 12:15 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, Nov 11: The national census is starting from Thursday across the country. The census is conducted every 10 years. The Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) has appealed to all to help by giving correct information to the enumerators. The bureau held a press conference on Wednesday and appealed to every citizen to participate in the census.

“If we do not participate in the current census, we will be left out of the national census,” said Nebin Lal Shrestha, director general of CBS.

According to the bureau, the census will be inaugurated with the details of the family of President Bidya Devi Bhandari. The details of the families of Vice President Nanda Kishor Pun and Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba are scheduled to be collected on the day of the census.

The department has stated that all the preparations have been completed for the census to be held until November 25. According to the bureau, 44,000 enumerators and 8,500 supervisors have been deployed across the country to make the census a success. Census offices have been set up in all seven provinces and all 77 districts of the country.

Similarly, more than one census office has been set up in the most populous district and five census offices have been set up in Kathmandu district. Two census offices have been set up in Lalitpur, Rupandehi, Sunsari, Morang, Jhapa and Kailali. Similarly, census offices have also been established at the local level.

A census coordination and facilitation committee has been formed to facilitate the census from the center to the local level.

This time, the unemployed youth have been trained and mobilized for the census. Earlier, only teachers were assigned as enumerators but this time unemployed and youth completing high school have been trained and deployed. According to the bureau, 50 percent of the 44,000 enumerators are women.

The enumerators will go door to door with 80 questions to collect the data. In developed countries, there is a practice of having only 10 questions in the census, but in Nepal, a long questionnaire has been prepared for the purpose of collecting data on social, economic, educational, health and community development at the local level.

The questionnaire also covers disability, hemophilia, autism, mother tongue, religion, immigration, and foreign employment. 

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