The National Census, 2021 that was affected due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has been rescheduled from November 11 to 25.

"The main census programme has been scheduled for November 11 to 25, while household enumeration programme will begin on September 15 and last till October 4," said Director General of National Bureau of Statistics Nebin Lal Shrestha. Earlier, the census was scheduled for June 8 to 22. Conducted every 10 years, the slogan for the census is, 'My Census, My Participation: National Census, 2021'. The Cabinet meeting had postponed the census on May 2 citing the risk of COV- ID-19 infection. Its meeting on September 6 approved the new schedule for the census prepared by the Bureau.

"The Bureau has decided to launch the census after people's lives returned to normalcy following the decreasing rate of COVID-19 cases and removal of prohibition orders," it said at a press conference organised here today. Thirty-nine thousand enumerators and 8,000 supervisors will be deployed for the census within a given timeframe of 15 days in a country of nearly 30 million population as per the previous census. "At present, census office is operational in all seven provinces and 80 district census offices each," said Shrestha, adding that efforts are under way to open the other 349 census offices.

A version of this article appears in the print on September 9 2021, of The Himalayan Times.