Sri Lanka to conduct census in MarchJanuary 4th, 2012 - 8:26 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, Jan 4 (IANS) Sri Lanka will in March conduct its first nationwide census in 30 years, the government said Wednesday.
It will collect data on economic status of people, occupation, fertility, migration patterns, residence and supply of electricity, among others, said Suranjana Vidyaratne, director general of the Census and Statistics Department.
Nearly 100,000 supervisors and 80,000 enumerators will take part in the census starting March 20.
The last nationwide census was conducted in 1981.
During the three-decade war between the then Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and the security forces some of the northern and eastern districts were left out.
The last census was held in 2001. “We could do the census only in 18 out of 25 districts as some of the districts were at the height of war,” Vidyaratne said.
The LTTE was defeated by the government forces in May 2008.
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