UPís delay in confirming slum Ďcountí holds up Central data

The Registrar General and Census Commissioner, Ministry of Home Affairs, is not able to release the 'Houselisting data on Slums of India' as per 2011 Census, as it is waiting for a confirmation from the Uttar Pradesh government regarding slum population in 107 municipal towns.

The Registrar General of India (RGI) and Census Commissioner Dr C Chandramouli has recently sent a letter to Urban Development Principal Secretary Pravir Kumar in this regard. After the first phase of Census 2011 exercise in 2010, the executive officers in these 107 towns had reported the Directorate of Census Operations (DCO) in UP that there were no slums. The information was surprising for the Census authorities as nearly 12.74 lakh people in 1.81 lakh households were reported to be living in slums in these towns in 2001 Census. The DCO in UP, Neena Sharma, had also written to the state government last month to get the information verified from municipal officers. Sharma was not available for comment.

In a recent letter to Kumar, Chandramouli has stated: "We are not able to release the houselisting data on slums of India as a confirmation from your state has not been received despite requests made to the state government by the director."

Chandramouli has requested the Principal Secretary to look into the matter and give necessary directions to the authorities of these 107 towns to confirm the status of slums there. He has sent to the state government a district-wise list of these 107 towns with reported slum population in 2001 Census. At the national level, the RGI can release the final data of slum population in the country only when it collects final and confirmed information from states.

When contacted, Kumar said: "A letter has been received in this regard from Registrar General and Census Commissioner. Information has been sought about the status of slums from district magistrates. Reminders are also being sent to them."

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