The National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) will conduct a survey from January on the health and education status of the public in rural and urban areas.

Training

A three-day training programme commenced here on Wednesday for the investigators who will be part of the survey.

Deputy Director General of the NSSO G. Sivasubramanian told reporters here that the annual survey is conducted across the country on specific issues.

This year, the survey will cover 4,580 villages and 3,720 urban blocks in the country and will assess the morbidity status, access to healthcare, enrolment in educational institutions and expenses incurred.

In Coimbatore region, 45 investigators will cover 13 districts, including Coimbatore, Krishnagiri, Dharmapuri, Salem, and Pudukottai. They will select eight households in each of the 92 villages and 88 urban blocks in the region for the health survey and eight households in each village and urban block for the education survey.

Questionnaire

The questionnaire has been simplified this year for the convenience of those who are covered under the survey.

It will be conducted for six months from January and the results will be released in a year after that.

The survey this year will also include studying the economic condition and mobility of those aged above 60.

Last year, it was on landholding details of farmers and will conclude only this month.

Apart from the annual survey, the NSSO also conducts a survey of the registered industrial units every year, he said.

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