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Head count: Census enumeration in progress at Sundaraiahnagar in Adilabad town on Wednesday.
Head count: Census enumeration in progress at Sundaraiahnagar in Adilabad town on Wednesday.

S. Harpal Singh

People showing enthusiasm towards census survey than harbouring misgivings

ADILABAD: Over five per cent of Adilabad's population could be bigamous. Most of the poor families living in a hut or a makeshift home have a TV and more than one cell phone.

A majority of houses in rural areas have TVs but no (regular) power connection. Two members in a given tribal family often have the same name.

These are some of the queer yet inconsequential facts that have emerged during the ongoing survey in different habitations in the district under Census-2011. Extension of hospitality to the census officials by local people, otherwise known to harbour antagonistic views, is also a notable feature of the exercise.

A. Srihari, a census enumerator deployed at Sundaraiahnagar locality in Adilabad town says he is invariably offered a chair to sit in every household. This gesture is followed by the offer to have a cup of tea or a soft drink that goes a long way in establishing rapport between the enumerator and the respondent, he opines.

“By and large, people have shown enthusiasm towards the census survey instead of harbouring the usual misgivings. It is only the bigamous respondents, and there are many of them, who tend to dither when they have to reveal about the ‘second wife',” points out Srihari about the general trend in respondent behaviour.

“The discerning grin on the face of respondents from poorer sections clearly indicates that the question on computer ownership is out of place. However, they proudly reveal the number of cell phone instruments in the household,” says A. Bhupathi Reddy, a census supervisor at Tosham in Gudihatnoor mandal.

K. Yadagiri, an enumerator at Junapani hamlet of Jamni gram panchayat in Jainad mandal points out a functional difficulty arising out of the need for sticking to technicalities. “Respondents in this village of 60 Kolam households may say they own a TV set. But when it comes to the question of owning a power connection, they have to answer in negative as the relevant column technically considers a ‘metered' connection only as power connection,” he explains.


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