Union Home Minister Amit Shah, on Monday, laid the foundation stone of the Janganana Bhawan in the national capital. While speaking on the occasion, he said that people of the nation should know the importance and dimensions of the ‘Janganana’. He also talked about how India is all set move from paper census to digital census in 2021.
He, while talking about the 16th census that is going to be held in 2021, said, “While data on paper is necessary and we will preserve that, but by making it available on a digital platform will help in the various analysis of the data, helping in the multidimensional use of the information.”
Shah, while speaking about the Census Commissioner Dr. Vivek Joshi and the Indian public, further said, ”I would like to congratulate Dr. Joshi and the people of the country because this will only help in the development of the country.” He also said that if we take into account the 2011 census, we will see that the Indian terrain is 2.4 per cent of the total world area and if the population is taken into account, we are 17.5 per cent of the entire world’s population.”
He, while talking about India’s proportions in relation to the larger picture of the world, said, “This difference in figures is an eye-opener and is an indication of how we, as a nation have to move forward towards development.” Shah also pointed out that the literacy rate of the nation has increased by 10 per cent and now stands at 74 per cent, according to the census of 2011. He also said that the 2011 census pointed out that India is one of the youth-centric nations of the world.
He said, “The census that is going to happen will decide the direction for human resource, general study, culture as well as economic and development models in the country and I feel that we can take this forward in a very scientific way.” He also mentioned that the election areas, wards in villages and the wards for Vidhan Sabha, Lok Sabha and Municipal Corporation would be decided on the basis of the next census.