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Economic census soon

Dec. 11: During the fifth economic census, which is about to begin shortly, around 1,000 enumerators will visit every house, shop and office in the city to collect data about their economic activities.

The economic census is the official count of entrepreneurial units involved in economic activities, both in organised and unorganised sectors and identifies broad economic factors.

It is conducted by the department of economics and statistics under the Union ministry of statistics and programme implementation.

Deputy director of the department (Kamrup) Manabendra Saha said the city has been divided into 2,836 enumeration blocks comprising all the 60 wards for the 45-day exercise.

“Economic census will be the biggest exercise after the population census and based on the factors identified during the period, planning will be done by the government and its agencies engaged in development and welfare activities. We will start the enumeration during this month and we want to urge the city residents to cooperate with us,” Saha said.

A two-day training programme for the enumerators and officials began today at the conference hall in the Kamrup (metro) deputy commissioner’s office.

Economic census will be carried out based on the population pattern of the 2011 population census and around 500 supervisors will assist the enumerators to conduct the exercise.

When asked about the floating population and migrants living in the city, Saha said, “As the exercise will begin across the state, those who are from other parts, but are living here, their enumeration will be done in their home districts.”

Once the enumerators collect the data, it will be tabulated using the intelligence character recognition technology to identify the targeted economic parameters.

“During the exercise, all sections of people and economic enterprises like rickshaw-pullers, street-side vendors, shops and offices will be covered. We will try to send our enumerators to visit the offices, as city residents remain out of home and are more busy, compared to their rural counterparts,” another official said.

The economic census had started in 1977 and is carried out every five years.