He was speaking inaugurating the three-day training camp of the second phase of the National Census on Thursday at the Government First Grade College.
“This is the 15th census since pre-independence and the seventh since independence. There have been complaints that previous census activities were not carried out efficiently. Census officers and staff should strive to prevent any such complaints this time,” he said.
“The last census reports that the country has 21 per cent of its people physically challenged. Even developed countries like the US and Great Britain have reported 19 per cent of the population as physically challenged,” Anbunandan commented.
He also warned the census officers to be careful while gathering certain information that is sensitive and important.
“Also, you should inform the citizens of the benefits they will have if they provide correct information to census officers,” he told them.
Tahsildar P Jayamadhava said the second phase of census will have as many as 320 officers and 32 reserve officers in the rural areas. There will be 53 supervisors with five reserve officers, eight master trainers.
The census officers will be required to ask upto 29 questions as part of the census work, he added.
Town Municipal Council Census Officer Shodhan Babu said the town has 89 blocks with 18 supervisors and two master trainers.
College principal E Srinivas Gowda, G V Maruthi were present during the programme. Master trainer Muniraju, deputy tahsildar M K Ramesh, Srinivas Setty and others participated. Suresh welcomed the gathering.