The 12th National Census, which will take place in 2021, will begin on Thursday. The 15-day event will last until November 25, and enumerators will travel across the country to each family, including those that were missed during the household listing, to collect thorough information about the individual, family, income, and other activities.
According to the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), around 40,000 enumerators will visit every single residence in the country in order to create an accurate demographic record that will be used for planning, budgeting, and other administrative purposes.
At a press conference on Wednesday, CBS Director General Nebin Lal Shrestha announced that roughly 8,500 supervisors will be mobilized. Enumerators are young people who have completed high school, whereas supervisors are adults with a bachelor’s degree. To assure the validity of the statistics obtained, additional personnel are being mobilized at all levels.
Seven provincial census offices, 87 district census offices, and 349 local census offices have been created across the country by the CBS.
In densely populated areas, multiple census offices are established. Kathmandu, for example, has five census offices, whereas Morang, Jhapa, Sunsari, Lalitpur, Rupandehi, and Kailali each have two. Similarly, from the center to the ward level, Census Coordination and Facilitation Committees are constituted.
According to Shrestha, it is predicted that an enumerator would take roughly 20 minutes to complete a family questionnaire. They will also fill out a community questionnaire that will collect data on the country’s economic, social, service, facilities, infrastructure, and catastrophe conditions from all 6,743 wards.
The CBS also hinted at the prospect of a census in the encroached Indian territory of Kalapani, Lipulek, and Limpiyadhura.
The CBS had already completed the household listing survey in September and October. In Nepal, roughly 8,500 supervisors gathered information on about 7 million families who live in residential and community facilities.
They gathered data on the number of family members, the use of homes, agricultural property and livestock, government grants received, bank accounts, technical education, and bank and financial institution loan access. The household listing survey also gathered information about the family members, such as gender and sexual minorities.
The census will be carried out digitally in six municipalities, including the Kathmandu Metropolis, and an e-census will be used to collect data from Nepali missions around the world. The country is collecting data from the missions for the first time.
The census would be run at a cost of Rs. 4 billion, with Rs. 1.6 billion going to data acquisition.
Meanwhile, President Bidya Devi Bhandari wished the census of 2021 a successful outcome. In a message, she stated that this nationwide campaign must be effective because substantial preparations have been undertaken.
“The census data is critical for developing development policies, plans, and programs,” the President stated.