A large number of locked houses in many zones of the city have emerged as stumbling blocks for the completion of the Socio-Economic and Caste Census (SECC).
Work on enumeration in some of the zones has been completed but a few of the zones are still lagging behind on account of locked houses.
The revised deadline for completion was August 3, but only a few supervisors have submitted the data for compilation. According to officials, in a number of blocks more than 10 out of 200 houses are still found to be locked.
As many as 12,312 enumeration blocks in the city are covered by 64 charge centres. Over 3,000 enumerators and more than 3,600 data entry operators with hand-held electronic devices started visiting households in May. Even though most of the work was completed during the summer holidays, the remaining got delayed on account of the houses that were locked.
Over 97 per cent of the blocks have reported completion of 90 per cent of the enumeration so far. Even though the completion of the 40-day exercise of the SECC is likely to take more time, some of the supervisors have already submitted the data.
But these supervisors will not get their remuneration on time as the money (Rs. 23, 300) will be distributed only after all the work is completed in the city.
Data entry operators were separately deployed to help speed up the collection of data from the locked houses.
The entire paperless exercise is based on self-declaration of socio-economic and caste status.
Keywords: Caste census