Islandwide census begins tomorrow
The Census and Statistics Department will launch its first lslandwide
census tomorrow after a lapse of 30 years and the Department has
commenced enumeration, Director, Census and Statistics Department H.R.
Gunasekara told the Sunday Observer.
He said that all District Secretaries, Divisional Secretaries, 16,000
supervisors and 80,000 enumerators who have been given extensive
training during the past two months will collect data from every
household in the country from tomorrow.
"They will collect data from each and every citizen in the country
after calling over at houses during the enumeration from tomorrow till
March 19. They will also have a second round of visit from March 19 to
21 during the revision of the enumeration", he said.
The Census Director appealed to the public to cooperate with the
enumerators by providing them with the data of each member resident at
"Those homeless will also be counted on March 19 night by the
enumerators," he said.
"It will be helpful if householders provide details such as identity
card numbers, educational qualifications, place of birth, professional
qualifications of family members", he added.
"Each and every citizen of this country is bound to furnish correct
data to the enumerators under the Census Ordinance and the enumerators
will keep such information confidential, he said.
This year's census will be comprehensive in the context of the the
development of the country as it will also assess the living standards
of each and every citizen.