BHUBANESWAR: In its bid to enhance enrolment coverage under National Population Register (NPR), the Directorate of Census Operation on Friday rolled out six buses which will not only spread the word about the registration process but also undertake photo-biometric enrolment of left-out citizens on the go.
So far, 84 per cent of the State’s population has been covered under the photo-biometric enrolment but due to poor turnout, the process has not been satisfactory in various centres opened across districts. This prompted the mobile camp concept so that left-out persons can be covered.
Director, Census Operation Bishnupada Sethi said the buses have been branded with NPR themes and will cover districts for collection of photo-biometric data. The vehicles are equipped with all the facilities along with kits for collection of information. Each bus will have two operators with as many kits. Public address systems will be used to create awareness among the public towards National Population Register.
Sethi said the buses will move in the districts to not only cover the left-out persons but also enrol persons whose biometrics have been rejected. The movement of the buses will be organised within the district on a pre-planned route.
All districts have been divided into six zones. In the first phase, Khurda, Ganjam, Bhadrak, Rayagada, Balangir and Sambalpur will be covered.
The NPR is mandated by Citizenship Act, 1955 to create a register of residents. After collection of demographic data, collection of photo-biometric data has been underway under the NPR project. At a function here, Sethi flagged off the buses.
2 Directorate of Census Operation has rolled out six buses
2 Buses will undertake photo-biometric enrolment of left-out citizens
2 So far, 84 pc of State’s population has been covered under photo-biometric enrolment
2 In first phase, Khurda, Ganjam, Bhadrak, Rayagada, Balangir, Sambalpur will be covered