The reported instances of attack on field enumerators of the National Sample Survey at least in three states due to the mistrust gathered over the CAA and NRC will hurt the Census survey which in turn impact economic data for the next ten years, warned Pronab Sen, former Chief Statistician of India and Country Director for the India Programme of the International Growth Centre.
On-field investigators of the NSS (National Sample Survey) faced attacks especially when they ask questions about the assets and income of the family members.
This time population register starts with the (Census) house listing operations which are a key step in their critical analysis because that’s the basis on which the entire country is divided into enumeration blocks. Enumeration blocks serve as the heart of the census.
The newly formed Standing Committee on Economic Statistics is headed by Sen.
He said that the current political scenario will affect the census and the economy for the next ten years because there comes a situation where the census cannot be done properly.
If the census is not done properly then no household survey would be reliable for the next ten years as they rely on the Census.
National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) field officials in some areas of West Bengal, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh amidst the ongoing tensions and protests related to Citizenship (Amendment) Act and National Registry of Citizens.
Some state governments have offered police protection for the field enumerators but Sen said that this furthers problem because the census's reliability depends on the rapport between the on-field officer and the respondents. It is also regarded as a non-feasible process so it is being disregarded.
Citizenship (Amendment) Act led to protests across the country and the most severe ones are seen in Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Delhi.