The final stage of the first island wide census in over 30 years commenced yesterday.
The 14th Census of Population and Housing conducted by the Department of Census and Statistics of the Ministry of Finance and Planning was inaugurated at the President's House with the participation of President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
Director General of the Department of Census and Statistics, Mrs. Suranjana Vidyarathne gathered the information from the President.
Collection of information on persons and their residences will be carried out during the three week period from February 27 to March 19 followed by a revision round on March 20 and 21.
During the revision round houses will be revisited and the population information collected during the first round are revised taking into account the births and deaths occurred since the data collection round up to the Census date.
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.
The census will be conducted under the supervision of the District Secretaries and the Divisional Secretaries. Nearly 100,000 supervisors and 80,000 enumerators will take part in the census.
The Census and Statistics Department says that all citizens are legally bound to provide accurate information and allow access to their homes for the enumerators.
The Department has allocated 1.7 billion rupees for the census that covers the entire island for the first time since 1981 when the last nationwide census in Sri Lanka was conducted.