SECC will provide an important input for policy makers, says Jaitley

New Delhi, July 3 (ANI): Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday said the new Socio-Economic and Caste Census (SECC) will portray the reality of the country and help in drafting of new policies for the people.

“The progress which households in India have made, who are the ones who have qualitatively moved up in terms of quality of life, a document of these will be an important input for all policy makers, both at the Centre and in the states. I am sure that with the enormity of the schemes and their reaches that all governments have, this document will form the basis of helping us to target groups to support in terms of policy planning,” Jaitley said while releasing the SECC.

“The document of this kind which will reflect the realities of India is going to be a very important input for all policy makers, both in the Centre Government and the state governments,” he added.

The SECC 2011 is a unique paperless Census in which the enumeration of the data was done using over 6.4 lakh electronic handheld device. Gram Panchayats and Gram Sabhas were involved in this process, besides school teachers and data entry operators as enumerators.

The districts and state governments carried out the SECC with the Ministry of Rural Development as the nodal ministry. The Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation carried out the survey in urban areas and the Registrar General, Census of India, carried out the caste census.

The SECC data is targeted to have meaningful use in schemes like Housing for all, Education and Skills thrust, MGNREGA, National Food Security Act, interventions for differently able, interventions for women-led households and targeting of households/individual entitlements on evidence of deprivation etc. (ANI)

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