enumeration to start Feb 9
process for Census 2011 will start Feb 9 and end Feb 28, a top
official said Monday. Addressing a press conference, Ranjit Singh Deol,
the director of census operations, said that a number of new
features have been added to the
Census enumerators in Bhopal in Muslim dominated localities are
indulging in irregularities and behaving irresponsibly while
making entries in Census forms in a planned conspiracy. This is
being done to harm the interests of the Muslim community and
deprive it from availing the benefits of the government schemes
that would be formulated on the basis of information provided by
the Census 2011.
This has been alleged by Mohammad Riyaz Khan, president Akhil
Bharatiya Muslim Sangh (ABMS), in a memorandum to the President
of India Mrs. Pratibha Patil.
He has requested her to use her good
offices to immediately instruct the Union Government and the
Madhya Pradesh Government to order cessation of the census work in
the Muslim localities n Bhopal.
He charged that enumerators under
the instruction from some hidden hands are making entries in the
forms with pencils and getting it signed by the people who are
being enumerated. This is being done on the pretext that later the
final entries will be made with ink pen in good handwriting.
Thus, the memorandum said, this act has posed serious doubts in
the minds of the Muslims who fear that the final entries would be
changed to suit the forces that are inimical to the interests of
the Muslim community. The act in itself poses questions on the
reliability of the information entered in the forms.
In some cases
the enumerators have entered mother tongue as Hindi language of
Urdu speaking Muslims even without taking the trouble of asking
the concerned person who is semi-illiterate or totally illiterate.
All this smells of some well planned conspiracy in the counting of
heads of Muslims, Khan said.
The memorandum pointed out that it has been officially mandated
under the Census 2011 rules to make the entries in the Census
forms with blue ink dot pens. However, the enumerators in Bhopal
are violating this directive with impunity.
Khan has appealed the President Mrs. Patil to get the enumeration
work suspended forthwith and order probe to cross-check the
entries made so far. Those found indulging in irregularities
should be penalized and as such a directive to this effect may be
send to the Madhya Pradesh Government, the memorandum said.
A copy of this ABMS memorandum has also been send through fax to
the Prime Minister of India , Union Home Minister and Union
Minister for Welfare of Minorities for necessary action.
It may be mentioned here that prior to sending the memorandum to
the dignitaries, Khan had lodged complaint with the Census
officials but no action has been taken in this regard so far.