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In a first, Census 2021 will collect data on OBC


New Delhi, For the first time, the Government will collect data on Other Backward Class (OBC) in the Census 2021, the Home Ministry announced on Friday. The announcement came soon after Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh visited the office of Registrar General and Census Commissioner here. “It was emphasised that improvements in design and technological interventions be made so as to ensure that the Census data is finalised within three years after conducting of Census. At present it takes around 7 to 8 years to release the complete data”, a Home Ministry official said. Nearly 25 lakh enumerators are trained and engaged for the gigantic exercise and accurate collection of data for the census. ``Use of maps or geo-referencing at the time of house listing is also under consideration”, a Home Ministry statement said. During his visit to Census Commissioner's Office, Mr Singh also emphasised the need of improvement in Civil Registration System especially on registration of birth and death in remote areas and strengthening Sample Registration System for estimating the data namely, Infant Mortality Rate, Maternal Mortality Ratio and Fertility Rates. Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju, Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba, RGI Sailesh and senior officers of the Office of RGI and Home Ministry were present in the meeting.

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