THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Socio-Economic and Caste Census will begin in the state on April 10, director-in-charge of Census Operations, Kerala, Dr V M Gopala Menon said here on Friday.
The 40-day paper-less exercise will be conducted by 20,000 enumerators who will be accompanied by data entry operators. The enumerators will ask the questions and the latter will enter the information provided into a hand-held computer. Caste census was last held in India in 1931.
“We request the people to provide authentic information since the census data is used for implementation of central schemes,” Gopala Menon said.
The state has been divided into 68,000 blocks and each enumerator will be covering around four blocks, each block containing 125 to 150 households. With regard to information about caste and sub-caste, whatever information provided by the individual is recorded. No proof has to be provided.
Sensitive information such as an individual’s caste and diseases will not be put in the public domain.
The data will be finalised only after vetting at the local body and grama sabha-level, census deputy directors K K Rajeev and P P Joy said.