New Delhi: For the first time, Census 2021 will collect data on Other Backwards Castes (OBC), the Home Ministry announced on Friday. A home ministry spokesperson, while speaking to PTI said that the Census 2021 will be finalised in three years after conducting the census instead of seven to eight years now. “It is also envisaged to collect data on OBCs for the first time,” he added.

The report came after Rajnath Singh reviewed the preparation for the Census 2021. The Home Minister discussed the road map for undertaking the census in 2021. It was emphasised that improvements in design and technological interventions be made to ensure that the data is finalised within three years of the census being conducted.

Currently, it takes seven to eight years to release the complete data. Nearly 25 lakh enumerators are trained and engaged for the gigantic exercise. Accurate collection of data will be ensured in Census 2021, an official told PTI.
The use of maps and geo-referencing at the time of house listing is also under consideration.

The minister stressed the need for improvement in the civil registration system, especially registration of births and deaths in remote areas and strengthening sample registration system for estimating data such as Infant Mortality Rate, Maternal Mortality Ratio and Fertility Rates.

(With inputs from PTI)