Jammu And Kashmir To Go Ahead With Census Despite Threat
4 September 2000
The Times of India
Srinagar: The state government on Monday decided to go ahead with the census operations to begin on September 11 and promised full security to the enumerators. At a high-level meeting held here, the preparations for holding the second phase of the census were reviewed and found satisfactory. The Hizbul Mujahideen had on Sunday issued a warning against the census and asked the people not to cooperate with the enumerators. The second phase will begin from September 11 and will be completed by September 30. More than 22,000 enumerators have been trained to conduct the census operation. In the second phase, the head count and other essential data of the families in the houses already listed and enumerated during the first phase will be taken up. There had been an encouraging response from the people to the first phase undertaken from May 16 to June 5. The census will provide vital data for the development of all areas of the state, formulation of development plans and allocation of funds. The meeting, chaired by chief secretary Ashok Jaitly and attended among others by commissioner of census operation J.K. Banthia, also discussed various aspects of the census operation, including release of budgetary grants and overall security.