The final stage of the country's first island wide census in over 30 years will begin on February 27.
The 14th population and housing census of the country will be carried out in four stages. The first and second stages related to mapping of the Grama Niladari divisions and census on buildings have already been completed. The final stage will be carried out in two rounds.
Addressing a media briefing yesterday the Director General of the Census Department Mrs. D. B. P. Suranjana Vidyaratne said the information gathering on people and their residences will be conducted from 27th February until 19th of March.
The census will start from mid night on 19th March and 20th March is the census day.
The two days of March 20th and 21st have been set aside to make corrections related to deaths and births.
Enumeration of homeless people will be carried out on the 19th of March and a group of special officials has been deployed for this purpose. A revision round of enumeration will also be conducted.
During the first round of the final stage data relating to community, internal migration, education, economic activities and residences will be collected.
Nearly 100,000 supervisors and 80,000 enumerators will take part in the census.
The Director General appealed to the public to assist the census officers by providing the correct information they request. The privacy of the information provided will be protected, she assured.
The Department has allocated 1.7 billion rupees for the census.
The last nationwide census in Sri Lanka was conducted in 1981.