Census begins in India-controlled Kashmir

10:22, May 16, 2010      

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The census in India-controlled Kashmir began on Saturday as part of the Indian Census-2011.

Government officials said the decennial exercise will be undertaken in two phases in the region.

A statement issued by government Saturday urged people to cooperate in the exercise.

Details about households as well as the social and living conditions of people would be recorded to build a database.

The availability of facilities like electricity, drinking water, drainage, sewerage, to the population will also be recorded.

Last time, in 2001, separatists had asked people to stay away from the census and militants had threatened officials too.

In 1991 census did not take place in Kashmir because of disturbed situation, and officials projected figures on the basis of 1981 census, which itself has been controversial.

Source: Xinhua


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