May 2000 News

1st J&K census in 20 years starts

16 May 2000
Asian Age

Srinagar: After a gap of 20 long years, a census is being conducted in Jammu and Kashmir. The first phase of the much-awaited exercise began on Tuesday. Official sources said that during the 21-day operation house numbering and house listing has been taken up in 56 tehsils and 73 towns, covering 6,410 villages of the Valley. The census in the Ladakh region will be taken up later. No census coul be conducted in the state in 1991 when militancy was at its peak. Even now elaborate security arrangements have been planned for the operation. Director, census operation, Feroz Ahmed said the state has been divided into 551 zones, each headed by a zonal officer. These zonal officers are assisted by 22, 697 employees, including 19,351 enumerators and 3,306 supervisors. Each enumeration block has 150 houses or 650 people


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