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* Sri Lanka to conduct population census in March
Wed, Jan 4, 2012, 08:24 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jan 04, Colombo: Sri Lanka will conduct its first island wide census in 30 years on March 20th, the government announced on Wednesday.

The 14th population and housing census of the country will be carried out in four stages. The first and second stages related to mapping of the grama niladari divisions and census on housing have already been completed.

According to the Department of Census and Statistics, the information gathering on people and their residences will be conducted from 27th February until 19th of March. The two days of March 20th and 21st have been set aside to make corrections related to deaths and births.

Enumeration of homeless people will be carried out on the 19th of March. A revision round of enumeration will also be conducted.

Nearly 100,000 supervisors and 80,000 enumerators will take part in the census. They will collect data on economic status of people, occupation, fertility, migration patterns, residence and supply of electricity, among others, the Director General of the Census and statistics Department Ms. Suranjana Vidyarathne said addressing media today.

She appealed to the people to assist the census officers by providing the information they request.

Authorities emphasized that the reliability and accuracy of statistical data will depend entirely on the accuracy of the information provided by the general public.

The last nationwide census in Sri Lanka was conducted in 1981.

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