All set for 2016 pop­u­la­tion and hous­ing cen­sus

Bhutan Times - - Front Page - Lhakpa Tsh­er­ing

The na­tional statis­tics bureau will be con­duct­ing the 2016 pop­u­la­tion and hous­ing cen­sus by the end of this month. On 30- 31st May 2016, the ex­er­cise will be car­ried out in all 20 Dzongkhags.

The gov­ern­ment will de­clare two days hol­i­day for the pop­u­la­tion and hous­ing cen­sus of Bhutan on these two days. Na­tional statis­tics bureau (NSB) is going to con­duct the de­tailed ac­count of every­body who is in the coun­try on the day of the cen­sus. On that day the re­spec­tive cen­sus enu­mer­a­tors will be vis­it­ing ev­ery home in the coun­try to col­lect a de­tailed ac­count. The house list­ing will count the to­tal houses whether it is oc­cu­pied or un­oc­cu­pied, huts or an­i­mals shed. “You will be counted wher­ever you are found,” said Tashi Dor­jee the chief sta­tis­ti­cal of­fi­cer with the pop­u­la­tion hous­ing and GIS divi­sion and the project man­ager with NSB.

The pur­pose of con­duct­ing cen­sus is that it ac­counts for every­body in the coun­try no mat­ter where they are. The cen­sus would count all the peo­ple in­clud­ing day work­ers re­sid­ing in the coun­try on the cen­sus day. The data pro­vide the in­for­ma­tion on the size of the pop­u­la­tion of the coun­try as a whole and also the so­cial and liv­ing con­di­tions within ten years. Fur­ther the enu­mer­a­tors will be col­lect­ing in­for­ma­tion on the age and sex of the pop­u­la­tion across the coun­try. It pro­vides the pop­u­la­tion of towns, vil­lages, lan­guage spo­ken and lots more.

The Na­tional Statis­tics Bureau (NSB) con­ducts its Pop­u­la­tion and Hous­ing Cen­sus ev­ery 10 years. The first Pop­u­la­tion and Hous­ing Cen­sus were con­ducted in 2005 and the cen­sus should have been in the year 2015. “Due to lack of ex­ter­nal donor fund­ing , we couldn’t start last year,” the project man­ager fur­ther added.

“How­ever, in De­cem­ber last year, the Prime Min­is­ter Tsh­er­ing Tob­gay is­sued an ex­ec­u­tive order for con­duct­ing the sec­ond pop­u­la­tion and hous­ing cen­sus of Bhutan,” Tashi Dor­jee added. The gov­ern­ment has pro­vided the bud­get and started list­ing four ma­jor thor­mdes (Thim­phu, Phuentshol­ing, Gele­phu and Sam­drup jongkhar) in Novem­ber 2015 to Jan­uary 2016. More than 450 grad­u­ates were trained for 3 days and they were sent for house list­ing and map­ping across the coun­try from Jan­uary 28 till March end. Along with the grad­u­ates, NSB has de­puted one staff in each Dzongkhags.

Around Nu.197 mil­lion has been al­lo­cated based on the size of the Dzongkhag to con­duct the cen­sus. And around 9500 enu­mer­a­tors were trained to con­duct the de­tail ac­count of the pop­u­la­tion across the coun­try. Only 2016 pop­u­la­tion and hous­ing cen­sus can pro­vide such com­plete de­tails.

The 2016 cen­sus will take place on 30 and 31 of this month and will count all the peo­ple and house­holds in the coun­try on that day. Dur­ing the cen­sus all are asked to re­main in their re­spec­tive res­i­dence or in­sti­tu­tions and pro­vide the cor­rect de­tail as re­quired by the enu­mer­a­tors.

Na­tional Statis­tics Bureau (NSB) asked to all the peo­ple and gen­eral pub­lic re­sid­ing in the coun­try to co­op­er­ate for the Pop­u­la­tion and Hous­ing Cen­sus. “If we found them ab­sent on the first day then, we have next day to re­visit. Now we are ready for the Pop­u­la­tion and Hous­ing Cen­sus of Bhutan 2016,” Tashi Dor­jee as­sured.

Mean­while the first na­tional cen­sus steer­ing com­mit­tee meet­ing on 2016 Pop­u­la­tion & Hous­ing Cen­sus of Bhutan un­der the chair­man­ship of Prime Min­is­ter was con­vened last Monday.

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All set for go: The first na­tional cen­sus steer­ing com­mit­tee meet­ing on 2016 Pop­u­la­tion & Hous­ing Cen­sus of Bhutan un­der the chair­man­ship of Prime Min­is­ter was con­vened at the Gya­ly­ong Tshokhang on 9 May 2016

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