Islandwide census after 30 years includes access to IT

By Yasasmin Kaviratne

Sri Lanka’s access to Information Technology (IT) will be assessed in the 2011 Census of Population & Housing to be conducted islandwide after 30 years, Department of Census & Statistics Director H.R. Gunasekara said.

In addition to the access to IT, economic status of the people, occupation, fertility, migration patterns (among districts) and information on residence, vis-à-vis status of ownership, supply of electricity and water, and mode of cooking, will also be looked into in the survey, the Director said,

He explained that this assessment would be helpful in formulating development plans for the future.
He further explained that the census would be conducted under three phases, and the last phase, which involves information on housing, will begin in the last quarter of the year.

“First phase of the census was preparation of maps of districts, divisional secretariats and so forth, while the second phase, which was launched on April 5, was listing of buildings, to be completed soon,” Mr. Gunasekara said. This phase was mainly conducted by Grama Niladharis who numbered every building in their Grama Niladhari Divisions. The buildings too were categorised as individual houses, collective residential buildings such as apartment blocks and hostels, commercial esrablishments such as offices, boutiques and shops.

The last census on housing and population was conducted in 2001, though, due to the security situation, it could cover only 18 of the 25 districts of Sri Lanka. The last islandwide census on population was conducted in 1981.

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