• Census is the basis for reviewing the country's
progress in the past decade and monitoring the
on-going schemes of the Government.
• Census 2011 will be the 15th National Census of
• For the first time a National Population Register
(NPR) is being prepared as a part of Census
exercise. This is a Register of Usual Residents.
• The NPR will be a comprehensive identity database
that would help in better targetting of the benefits
and services under the Government schemes/programmes,
improve planning and help strengthen security of the
country. This will benefit people of the country in
the years to come.
• Government servants duly appointed as Enumerators
visit each and every house and collect the
information required by asking questions and filling
up Census Forms.
• Details such as Name, Date of Birth, Sex, Present
Address, Permanent Address, Names of Father, Mother
and Spouse etc will be gathered by visiting each and
every household. All usual residents., will be
eligible to be included irrespective of their
• In the Houselisting and Housing Census, 35
questions relating to building material, use of
houses, drinking water, availability and type of
latrines, electricity, possession of assets etc. are
• The enumerator takes down all particulars as given
by respondents. Respondents are not required to show
• Each household is required to provide information
without any fear. The information collected about
individuals is kept absolutely confidential and will
not be shared with any agency - Government or
• The NPR form has to be signed by the respondents.
In case one requires, he/she may ask the Enumerator
to read it out and then affix signature/thumb
impression. In any case, do ascertain that the
details are correctly entered.
• The provision of false information can invite
penalties under the Census and Citizenship Acts.
• Each and every household will be given an
Acknowledgement Slip at the time of enumeration.
• Once the information is compiled, the data
compiled will be printed out and displayed at
prominent places within the village and ward for the
public to see. Objections will be sought and
registered at that stage.
• The data finalized will be entered into computers
in the local language of the State as well as in
English. Once this database has been created,
biometrics such as photograph, 10 fingerprints and
probably Iris information will be added for all
persons aged 15 years and above. This will be done
by arranging camps at every village and at the ward
level in every town.
• Each household will be required to bring the
Acknowledgement Slip to such camps. Those who miss
these camps will be given the opportunity to present
themselves at permanent NPR Centres to be set up at
the Tehsil/Town level.
• After the NPR has been finalised, the database
will be used only within the Government.
• Unique ID numbers will also be generated for every
person. The UID Number will be available for each
individual. For those below the age of 15 years (for
whom biometrics is not available), the UID Number
will be linked to the parent or guardian. (PIB)
Input from the Ministry of Home Affairs