“The next census – which has been delayed because of COVID – will be an e-census," Union Home Minister Amit Shah said at the inauguration of the Directorate of Census Operations building in Guwahati on May 10, according to The Indian Express. Shah claimed that the census would be made “more scientific, accurate and multi-dimensional, with the help of modern techniques”. He also said that the government was currently developing a software bundle capable of pulling off such an operation on a nationwide scale. Census is conducted under the provisions of the Census Act, 1948; this data is collected every ten years. So far, paper census involved government officials going to every house in the country and filling up forms, which were then sent to data processing centers for digitisation and analysis. The upcoming iteration of the exercise is expected…
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