New Delhi: Come April, Census India-2021 will begin on April 1, and will end on September 30 where the enumerators of the census visiting households will seek information regarding toilets in their homes, TV, internet, vehicles they own, source of drinking water, mobile number (of the head of the family) etc. Census India-2021 will be conducted through a mobile phone application, moving away from the traditional pen and paper. 

For the first time in the 140-year history of the census in India, data is proposed to be collected through a mobile app and enumerators would be encouraged to use their own phone. 

The centre will also carry out the National Population Register (NPR) exercise. The enumerators will also seek other details from the households during the houselisting phase of this census process. The Modi-regime is targeting September 2020 deadline to update the NPR which is a list of usual residents of the country.

The home secretary said the enumerators would be paid appropriate remuneration and there is also an option to collect and record the data through paper schedules which will eventually be submitted electronically by them.

The census is not just an exercise of the headcount, but it also provides invaluable socio-economic data which forms a credible basis for informed policy formulation and allocation of resources.

The changing demographics and socio-economic parameters reflected by the census helps in the reformulation of the country's plans for the economic development and welfare schemes for its people.