New Delhi: Under the first caste-based Census after 1931, the Central government has allowed the four densely populated states Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal and Maharashtra to conduct their BPL census in two phases. Other states would conduct it in one phase itself.

The Central government has set December, 2011 deadline for the states to complete the BPL Census so that those living below poverty line could get the benefits of subsidy under the 12th Five Year Plan.

The Rural Development Ministry has asked the state governments to prepare a blueprint of the entire process and has invited suggestions by June 20. The Centre has asked the states to come up with suggestions if they think the designed framework needs any changes.

The Rural Development Ministry agreed for the two-phase Census in four states keeping in view the limited availability of machines to be used in head counting.

According to an assessment, UP has 15.42 crore, Bihar has 8.62 crore, Maharashtra has 6 crore and West Bengal has 6.34 crore population living in the villages.

Taking an average of Rs 20 for a five-member family, Ministry has also allotted the money that would be required for conducting the Census to the states. The average amount is Rs. 30 for each family in hill states.

In the present Census, BPL families living in urban areas would also be counted along with those in the rural areas.

For error free BPL counting, the standards have been simplified. For example, anybody owning a motor vehicle, tractor, harvester, Kisan Credit Card, or having a government job, having a monthly income of over 10000, three room furnished house, a telephone, a fridge or 2.5 acre with a tube well would not be counted as BPL.

People having no residence, manual scavenger, freed bonded labourers and primitive tribal communities would be included in the BPL list.


(JPN/Bureau)