Census results out soon

By Krishan Siriwardhana

After three decades, the people of Sri Lanka will learn about their actual numbers when the 14th Population and Housing Census results are released.

The results will be released in three stages, said Department of Census and Statistics Additional Director-General, H. R. Gunasekara. First will be a general figure for the country’s population, and this will be followed by household and other information, and finally data relating to Internet usage and migration.

Much of this information is required by government institutions and research centres.“We are happy with the data collection, which covered the whole nation,” Mr. Gunasekara said. “A limited census covering 18 districts took place in 2001.”

The data on communication equipment would give an overall picture of electronic media usage in the country.

A test run of an E (electronic) census was conducted at select condominiums in the city. A few people say they have not been counted for the census. Mr. Gunasekara has requested such persons to forward their information before March 21.

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