Errors In Indian Census Tamper Muslim Percentage

Errors In Indian Census Tamper Muslim Percentage

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By Fahad Shah

Yet again Indian government has started to record erroneous census data. The choice of religions given on data-entry-form is like Hindu, Christian, Sikh, Buddhist and Jain but there is no mention of Islam as a religion. One more choice given is ‘Muslim’ which confuses both citizens and enumerators. Then in confusion enumerators write ‘Others’ as option for Muslim citizens because they can’t find Islam in religion column.

Data Entry Form of Census 2011 which shows religion option codes.

This seems an attempt to earn the benefit of confusion and lessen the Muslim citizen percentage all over India. Most of the people who follow Islam as religion do not choose ‘Muslim’ option on forms and go for ‘Others’.

This has been also observed by All India Muslim Majlise Mushawarat. They appealed to Muslims to register their religion as ‘Muslim’ as it is printed in the Census 2011 data-entry-form. “People should not insist on Islam as there is the word ‘Muslim’ under religion section, not Islam.”

A Census enumerator from Kashmir (name concealed) says this issue raised serious discussions during meetings with senior officers in New Delhi. “But we were told that anyone who follows Islam religion we have to tick on ‘Muslim’ box. Still at some places we have failed to do so. People are choosing ‘Others’ option for Muslim citizens which can calculate the low percentage of all over Muslim population,” he said.

The second phase of 15th Indian National census began on February 9, 2011 to collect information for National Population Register following which all Indians will be provided with identification card containing all vital information. In the House Hold Schedule there are 29 vital questions to be asked and these questions will help the government and policy makers to derive policies for all the sections of the population.

The census will involve three questionnaires; House listing, National Population Register and Household.

House listing schedule

House listing Schedule contains 35 questions.

Building number
Census house number
Predominant material of floor, wall and roof of the census house
Ascertain use of actual house
Condition of the census house
Household number
Total number of persons in the household
Name of the head of the household
Sex of the head
Caste status (SC or ST or others)
Ownership status of the house
Number of dwelling rooms
Number of married couple the household
Main source of drinking water
Availability of drinking water source
Main source of lighting
Latrine within the premises
Type of latrine facility
Waste water outlet connection
Bathing facility within the premises
Availability of kitchen
Fuel used for cooking
Telephone/Mobile phone
Scooter/Motor cycle/Moped
Availing Banking services

Household Schedule

Household schedule contains 29 questions

Name of the person
Relationship to head
Date of birth and age
Current marital status
Age at marriage
Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe
Mother tongue
Other languages known
Literacy status
Status of attendance (Education)
Highest educational level attained
Working any time during last year
Category of economic activity
Occupation Nature of industry
Trade or service
Class of worker
Non economic activity
Seeking or available for work
Tavel to place of work
Birth place
Place of last residence
Reason for migration
Duration of stay in in the place of migration
Children surviving
Children ever born
Number of children born alive during last one year

National population register

National Population Register Household schedule contains 9 questions

Name of the person and resident status
Name of the person as should appear in the population register
Relationship to head
Date of birth
Marital status
Educational qualification
Names of father, mother and spouse

Once the information will be collected and digitalized, fingerprints and photos will be collected. Unique Identification Authority of India will issue a 12-digit identification number to all individuals and the first ID is expected to be issued in 2011.


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