New Delhi: The first phase of the Census operations, which was supposed to be held from April 1 to September 30, has been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak, Parliament was informed on Wednesday. Also Read - WFH Culture Has Worked Well Amid Covid; Will Continue Even After Pandemic Ends: Bill Gates

In a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha, Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai also said a multiple-layered security approach has been adopted for the security and safety of the Census data. Also Read - KXIP vs RCB Dream11 Team Hints And Predictions, Captain And Vice-Captain, Fantasy Cricket IPL 2020: Kings XI Punjab vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, Match 6 Dubai International Cricket Stadium at 7:30 PM IST Thursday September 24

The first phase of the Census operations (Census 2021) and other related field activities have been postponed due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, he said. Also Read - Rafale Deal: CAG Pulls Up Dassault, MBDA For Not Fulfilling Offset Obligations of Contract

The minister said a multiple-layered security approach has been adopted for the security and safety of the Census data and the data collection will be done on registered devices of the enumerators appointed by the states and Union territories.

“Data is encrypted at the device, during the transmission and at servers/storage. The services of System Integrators have been hired for developing the Mobile Apps, management of Census portal and related activities,” he said.

Rai said the publicity campaigns are part of the Census operations and all the enumerators are to be registered on the portal before undertaking the enumeration work.