Tripura government started preparation to collect data for updating NPR

Agartala: Amid widespread protest across the state and country against the National Population Register (NPR), the Tripura state government has started preparation to collect data for updating the NPR.

A team of 11,000 officials would be deployed across the state to collect data through the mobile application as part of census operation done after every 10 years.

Speaking with reporters, Director of census operations in state PK Chakraborty said that around 11,000 people would be deployed across the state to collect data as a part of census operation.

“The collection of data will begin from May 16 and would continue till June 29. The data like house listing and house census would be done in the first phase”, Chakraborty said.

He added that in Tripura the data would be collected through mobile application only.

“The Tripura state census coordination committee headed by chief secretary Manoj Kumar in a recent meeting has decided to use the mobile application only”, Chakraborty said.

Further, he said the 11,000 official will include, 9,062 enumerators, 1,556 Supervisors, 9 principal census officers, 81 charge officers, additional charge officers.

“The enumerators will collect data with the use of mobile application will become much easier and faster in comparison to pen and paper survey. In places where poor connectivity will be faced by the officials, the data can still be entered in the application and later be uploaded from internet connectivity zone,” Chakraborty said.

He also said that though NPR is subsidiary to census operations but the difference between the census data and NPR is that, the census data is governed by a confidentiality clause, while the NPR is not.