Next census will be fully digital: birth & death will be registered automatically

Home Minister Amit Shah has said that the next census will be fully digital with 100 percent accuracy. He said, birth and death register will be linked with the census.

The digital Census will shape the ‘policies of the country for the next 25 years. The 2021 Census was delayed due to the Covid pandemic and it will be completed by 2024. Without a perfect Census, planning for any development work or project is not possible.

How the digital census will work?

The Census will be updated automatically after every birth and death in the country.

The new software will have multi-dimensional uses as it will be linked with the registration of births and deaths. As soon as someone is born, their details will get updated in the software.

Once that person turns 18, their names would get registered in the voters’ list from the census office itself. The names would get deleted from the voters’ list, from the census office, once that person dies. Details like people shifting residences will also get updated through the software.

About Census of India

The Census is conducted in India every 10 years. The census of India has been conducted 15 times, as of 2011.

While it has been undertaken every 10 years, beginning in 1872 under British Viceroy Lord Mayo, the first complete census was taken in 1881.

Post 1949, it has been conducted by the Registrar General and Census Commissioner of India under the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India.

All the censuses since 1951 were conducted under the 1948 Census of India Act. The last census was held in 2011, whilst the next was to be held in 2021. But it has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.