Apr 17, 2010

Save your citizenship through Census 2011

Says Federation of Minorities’ NGOs in its appeal to the Muslims

Mumbai: While addressing a press conference, yesterday at Marathi Patrakar Sang (Mumbai Press Club), the leaders of the Federation of Minorities NGOs (FMN) – Maul. Mahmood Daryabadi, Dr. Azimuddin, Maul. Burhanuddin Qasmi, Salim Alware, Dr. SK Abdullah and Iqbal Memon, have urged all NGO activists, especially those from Muslim NGOs to fully volunteer their skill and time to the ongoing census 2011 in India.

The leaders have requested all members of the community to note the followings and take part in the census process.

They said, an enrolment in the census enables an individual to be 'the citizens' of the country. The census 2011 will help decide numbers of BPL people in 2013. Moreover, this census is collecting Photos of above 15 age-group along with Biometric Identity and the databank collected by the census will be used by the Unified Identity Authority of India (UIDAI). If any once fails to get into the data-Bank he will be out of UIDAI which is an indirect proof of 'Citizenship' for every individual. Furthermore, all the future 'Planning' and Budget allocations against particular, community or caste will be based on this databank

The FMN is launching a statewide awareness campaign in Maharashtra from today itself through its 100 plus member NGOs to educate common people to ensure their complete and correct entries during the census, the leaders said in the press conference. Maulana Burhanuddin Qasmi said that the census authority of India should train its enumerators through effective workshops to minimize common mistakes like wrong spellings of Muslim names and filling in wrong religion, language or caste etc.

The Federation of Muslims NGOs believes that for effective planning precise information about religious, social and economic conditions is essential. Our nation can effectively plan political, educational, social and economic development on the basis of correct information. Therefore, social activists must ensure detail entries of the data correctly.

Every educated Indian must cooperate in this massive task so that we may know ourselves correctly. Precise data is more important for minorities and marginalized sections. Caste based census was done last time in 1931. That is why there is a growing need for it now to reassure all statistics. If we update caste figures greater justice can be provided for marginalised people.

Every citizen should be alert about information which is being recorded. He/she must check and verify the forms which are being filled by enumerators. No room should be given to dishonest manipulators who are doing a disservice to nation and truth by incorrect data entry. The Maharashtra Federation of Minorities NGOs requests all not for profit activists, through this press conference to offer their services during 1st May to 15th June for 2011 census in Maharashtra.

Apr 15, 2010

First phase of census will count houses, take fingerprints

PUNE: The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) is gearing up to roll out the 2011 census in the city on May 1. The first phase will start with listing of houses (housing census) which will be followed by the actual head count of people in February 2011.

The civic body will launch a comprehensive public awareness campaign about the census in the city and open grievance cells in all its ward offices during the exercise.

In the first phase, enumerators will take the prints of all 10 fingers of citizens to prepare a database that will be used to issue national identity cards in the first phase.

This will be used to prepare the National Population Register (NPR) that is being compiled for the first time. It is an identity database of all Indians which will be used to prepare the Unique Identity Number to everyone above 15 years of age. It will eventually make a National Register of Citizens.

"As many as 127 trained people have started coaching supervisors who will train 7,500 enumerators. Municipal commissioner Mahesh Zagade has reviewed the preparations for the first phase. A central census office has been opened at Ghole road ward office. Grievance cells at each of the 14 ward offices will look into citizens' queries. One officer will be appointed at the census desk," city census officer and deputy municipal commissioner Praveen Ashtikar told TOI on Saturday.

A public awareness campaign will precede the first phase. "People should cooperate with enumerators for flawless data collection. A public awareness campaign will tell people about the census drive and its importance," said Ashtikar.

There will be a set of two questionnaires with 50 questions. Besides the data on demography and economic activity, the census will also provide figures on literacy, fertility, mortality, language, religion, migration, and scheduled castes and scheduled tribes.

Growing Pune

Areawise, Pune is the seventh largest city in India and second largest city in Maharashtra after Mumbai.

The Pune Municipal Corporation's (PMC) jurisdiction encompasses an area of 243.84 sq. km.

In 2001, the PMC's population was 2.54 million which accounted for 35 per cent of the total urban population in Pune district and 60 percent of the Pune Metropolitan Region.

It has grown from 1.57 million in 1991 to 2.54 million in 2001, and in the last decade experienced a compounded annual growth rate of 4.94 per cent.

The growth has been influenced by many factors. It is the most preferred destination for citizens in Maharashtra for job, education, healthcare, real estate investment, better quality of life.

Industries, trade and commerce activities and educational institutes attract a floating population from all over.

The rapid growth of the city has been mainly attributed to industrialisation after 1960 and expansion of the information technology (IT) industry in the last decade.

Population density

The average population density as per the 2001 census is 10,410 people per sq km

It ranges from as low as 1,476 people per sq km to as high as 1,82,049 people per sq km

The Urban Development Plans Formulation and Implementation (UDPFI) guidelines indicate an average density of around 15,000 people per sq km

Almost 60 per cent of the wards have higher densities than the prescribed norm

The density is higher in the old city areas and those along major transport corridors.

(Source:Comprehensive Mobility Plan for Pune City by the Pune Municipal Corporation)

Lifestyle choices

This census will also reflect the lifestyle of citizens. Officials will record details of the number of cellphones, computers and Internet connections available to the people in their households.

Enumerators will ask during house listing

Who owns the house, number of rooms?

How many married couples in the house?

What is the main source of drinking water?

What is the source of light (electricity, kerosene, solar) ?

What material is your floor tile?

Do you share a toilet?

Do you have a bathroom, separate kitchen?

What fuel is used for cooking

Do you have radio, television, computer, laptop?

Do you have an Internet connection?

Do you have a telephone/ cellphone ?

Do you have a cycle, scooter, motorcycle, car?

Do you use banking system?

For NPR data

Your full name and residential status

Your name as you want it to appear in NPR

Your relation with head of the family


Birth date

Marital status

Educational qualification

Your job/ business

Full name of father/mother/ wife/ husband

Place of birth


Current residential address

How long you are staying on current address

Permanent residential address

OBC census: SC seeks govt response

NEW DELHI: A PIL in the Supreme Court on Monday made a strong pitch for utilising the elaborate ‘Census 2011’ mechanism to end the 80 long years of speculation about the exact population of other backward classes (OBC), which had been the basis for 27% reservation in jobs and educational institutions.

PIL petitioner Kishore Govind Kanhere through counsel D K Garg said that while the Mandal Commission estimated that OBCs constituted 52% of the total population, the National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO) in its 61st round of survey (2004-05) had pegged it at 41% in its report on employment and unemployment situation amongst various social groups in India.

Arguing before a Bench comprising Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan and Justices Deepak Verma and B S Chauhan, the counsel said if the census took steps to identify the numbers of SCs and STs, why should the OBCs be left out of the purview of exact enumeration of their numbers.

When the Bench looked up to Solicitor General Gopal Subramaniam for a response, the law officer immediately assured the court that there was no need for the Bench to issue notice to the Centre and that he would get the response of the government on this issue within three weeks. The PIL said that the last caste-based census was held in the year 1931, wherein the OBCs were covered and complained that despite a large number of representations to the home ministry for inclusion of OBCs in Census 2011, there had been no positive response.

It said the social justice and empowerment ministry had conceded that it had been fixing targets under various scheme for upliftment of OBC population without having the data about their numbers. Even this ministry had written to the census authorities for finding out the exact number of OBC population, but the request had been turned down, the petitioner said.

The PIL referred to the law relating to 27% reservation for OBCs in central educational institutions and the subsequent challenge to its constitutional validity in the Supreme Court.

“In order to provide reservations for backward classes among citizens in public educational institutions and for providing equal opportunity in public employment, it is necessary that census should cover OBCs as envisaged under Article 340 of the Constitution,” the petitioner said.