Census work hit as people are out for dadan labour
Enumeration officials found most houses locked at many villages as most of the residents have migrated to other states for dadan labour and there were hardly any person available in villages. Out of the total 14 blocks, at around Ten blocks of the district, officials faced the same problem.
“ It will definitely affect the census work as we may not get the accurate figure. But we still have time and all Tahasildars have been informed to note down the addresses of the absentees. Even the relatives are told to call them. They need to appear on any day between February 9 to February 28 ”, said P.K. Naik Census officer, Bolangir.
If this situation prevails, the accurate figures of the population can’t be found and that will lead to inappropriate findings by the officials. And people who will not be enumerated, may face hurdles to avail further government benefits.
Meanwhile the district administration has said that steps were taken to create awareness about the importance of the Census.
“ Information is available with census officials and they have a strategy to sensitize people about this ”, said P.K. Bhoi, District labour officer, Bolangir.
“Each person will be included in this census despite of his/her where about”, said Sailendra Nrayan De, District Collector, Bolangir.
Migration of dadan labours in Bolangir normaly begins in November and people return home during June and July. Hence there are chances of their exclusion in this census.
The officials are now waiting for return of the people after which they will conduct their work smoothly.