All set for 2016 population and housing census
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.
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