For those who missed, census extended until June 6

Households that have missed the second Population and Housing Census of Bhutan (PHCB) have until June 6 to call at the toll-free number 107 of National Census Secretariat (NCS) under the National Statistics Bureau for the census.

“We would like to notify the general public that while every effort was made to count each and every individual in the country during the census enumeration days, there is every chance that some households or individuals missed it,” commissioner of NCS Chhime Tshering said.

NCS requested the public to report such incidences to the National Statistics Bureau for the residents of Thimphu, the thromde officials in Phuentsholing, and to the respective dzongkhag statistical officers in the dzongkhags.

Thirty-eight households came to the NSB office yesterday to attend the survey.

The NSB is waiting to conduct the census of 16 households in Laya and eight households in Lunana, who had gone to collect cordyceps and missed the census.

Enumerators also found 14 households missing in Haa. However, some were captured in other places. The rest had gone to pilgrimage.

NCS commissioner, Chhime Tshering, said, “We’ve asked Phuentsholing Thromde to retain a few enumerators to conduct the census until June 6 because it doesn’t have a statistical officer.”

He added: “We’re overwhelmed with the commitment and dedication of the enumerators and supervisors for working extra into the night during the census period and in harsh conditions.”

Nganglam had problems with roadblocks. Mobile connection in some parts of some dzongkhags fluctuated.

People called the toll free number and asked if the enumerators were coming and when.

“The people were excited about it,” the commissioner said.

Following the Royal Command from His Majesty The King, the government declared a three-day national holiday to conduct the second PHCB.

It took 9,572 enumerators, including 1,183 supervisors, to conduct the three-day second PHCB that ended on June 1. In some dzongkhags, the survey went on till 11pm on the last day.

“The dzongkhag administrations and thromdes worked hard to complete it on time. There could have been problems otherwise,” the commissioner said.

The government provided about Nu 254 million for the census.

The number of building structures and occupants in the past one year has increased around the country from the listed 169,000. The enumerators had to update the list.

“The increase in the number of households added additional pressure on the enumerators, but we had some contingency measures,” the commissioner said.

The census collected population data and basic housing information on agriculture, health, education, employment and language, among others, for various administrative and planning purposes. It counted all people living in the country during the census, irrespective of nationality.

The NCS commissioner said that statistics could help formulate the 12th Plan and UN Sustainable Development Goals programme.

Thimphu being one of the most populated dzongkhags had 1,140 enumerators, followed by Samtse with 863. Trashigang, the biggest dzongkhag in the country, had 670 enumerators. Phuentsholing had 284 enumerators. Gasa had 62 enumerators.

Recruitment and identification of the enumerators were decentralised to the respective dzongkhags. The enumerators were trained for four days to collect comprehensive information on population and households.

The 80 graduates will be recruited to punch data and it is likely to last until December.

The NSB will release a comprehensive report next year. The bureau will generate a number of reports from the comprehensive report based on the need and the available budget.

The commissioner said that 2017 PHCB was more comprehensive than the previous census carried out in 2005.

Tshering Palden

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