Home Census census: the government declares computer systems related to the management of the census as “protected”

census: the government declares computer systems related to the management of the census as “protected”

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The central government has declared certain computing resources as “protected” for being critical information infrastructure of the Office of the Registrar General and the Census Commissioner and their associated dependents.

By notification to the official gazette on November 4, the central government declared the IT resources related to the Census Monitoring and Management System (CMMS) web portal, the Self-Enumeration (SE) web portal, the from the Civil Registration System (CRS), to mobile applications for Home List (HL), Population Count (PE) and National Population Register Update (NPR), and related databases, including NPR Database, Census Database and CRS Database, Configuration/installation of IT resources at National Data Center (NDC), ORGI, Delhi and Disaster Recovery Site (DRS) and Data Center (DC) of Bangalore and Lucknow will be “protected systems”.

This falls under the Information Technology Act 2000. The change comes into force on the date of its publication in the Official Gazette, the notification says.

Separately, according to the Department of the Interior’s 2021-22 annual report, digital data collection, the Census Management and Monitoring System (CMMS), the Code Directory Geospatial technology and other cutting-edge technologies must be used in the next census.

The MHA’s 2021-2022 annual report indicated that data collection in the upcoming census will be done digitally. A surveyor would collect and submit data directly through the mobile app, using their smartphone. The provision of a paper schedule is also retained in the event of a connectivity problem. In addition to this, it is also planned to have an online option for self-enumeration during the two phases of the census, i.e. house listing and dwelling census and household enumeration. population.

Several new initiatives have been taken to facilitate census operations using advanced geospatial technology. Pre-census mapping activities include the preparation and updating of maps showing administrative units of states/UTs, districts, sub-districts, villages, towns and wards within towns to ensure adequate coverage of the entire geographical area of ​​the country. In addition, efforts are being made to disseminate census results through interactive maps on the web. Preparatory work in this direction has already been launched.

The decennial census which should have taken place by now has been delayed due to the Covid epidemic. Therefore, field and other related activities have been postponed until further notice.