Census 2021, NPR postponed until further orders due to COVID-19 pandemic: MHA

Amid the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, first phase of Census 2021 and the updation of National Population Register (NPR) have been postponed until further orders, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said on Wednesday.

The first phase of Census 2021 and updation of NPR, which was to begin on various dates decided by the State/UT governments beginning April 1, 2020 and various related field activities, are postponed until further orders, the statement said.

The Census 2021 was scheduled to be conducted in two phases, viz., (a) Phase I i.e. House listing & Housing Census during April-September, 2020 and (b) Phase II  i.e. Population Enumeration during 9 to 28 February, 2021.The updation of NPR was also proposed to be done along with the Phase I of Census 2021 in all the States/UTs, except Assam, it said.

Due to the outbreak ofCOVID-19 pandemic, high alert has been declared by the Government of India as well as the States/Union Territories. The Ministry of Home Affairs vide order dated March 24, 2020 has issued Guidelines with the directions for their strict implementation, on the measures to be taken by the Ministries/Departments of Government of India and State/Union Territory Governments for containment of COVID-19 Epidemic in the country. Lockdown has also been declared by many State/UT, the statement said.