The next census will be reliable : CBS

Kathmandu (Pahichan) May 1 – Central Bureau of Statics (CBS) has claimed that the census which is taking place in 2078 BS will be made trustworthy, effective and reliable. This will be first census after country adopted federal structure and it is made the policy framework accordingly.

Population census would take place in every 10 years. CBS has prepared a directive and has been forwarded to cabinet for the endorsement, according to Director Dhundi Raj Lamichhane. The directives would identify the methods to be adopted for the census.  In the earlier census held in 2068, very few members of this community identified themselves as sexual and gender minority.

However, it has been not incorporated in the main questionnaire and Lamichhane claimed that it happened due to disagreement of this community.  According to him, family members are always reluctant to give details about this community which has created problems to make the record of this community.

He informed that discussions are underway on how to count sexual and gender minority. He informed that there are suggestions from provincial level to make provisions for this community. “I am very positive and we are working a way so that there would not be complaints,” he added. CBS has already run orientation classes in the provincial level and census is going to very inclusive this time.

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