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Telangana grinds to a halt; survey covers 80% households

K V Kurmanath Hyderabad | Updated on November 25, 2017 Published on August 19, 2014

50-year-old Masampalli Shantamma and her farmer husband Venkaiah getting the Intensive Household Survey of the Telangana Government done at Ismailkhanpet in Medak District, 50 kms from Hyderabad on Tuesday. Photo: P.V Sivakumar

Poor and handicapped living in road-side huts being enumerated at the Intensive Household Survey of the Telangana Government at Isnapur in Medak District , 40 kms from Hyderabad on Tuesday. Photo: P.V Sivakumar

College students, as enumerators of the Greater Hyderabad Muncipal Corporation, collect details for the intensive household survey being conducted in Telangana . The survey is from 7 am to 7 pm . Photo: P V Sivakumar

College students, as enumerators of the Greater Hyderabad Muncipal Corporation, collect details for the intensive household survey being conducted in Telangana . The survey is from 7 am to 7 pm . Photo: P V Sivakumar

Roads and streets in Telangana wore a deserted look on Tuesday as a majority of about 4 crore people confined themselves to their homes to enrol their details for the massive Intense Household Survey-2014.

Information reaching at the time of filing the report indicates that about 70-80 per cent of the households have been covered. Terming it a ‘super hit’ at a press conference on Tuesday evening, a beaming Chief Minister K Chandrasekhara Rao has said the benefits of the survey are multi-dimensional.

“We will get a complete picture by tomorrow morning. A committee headed by Chief Secretary Rajeev Sharma will review the details and evolve a plan on how to cover the households that are left out,” he said.

About 4 lakh State Government employees and a few thousand engineering students started visiting houses from 8 am. Social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter have been flooded with status messages about enumerators visiting or not visiting houses.

Enumerators collected details from family members of Governor ESL Narasimhan and Chandrasekhara Rao as well.

Despite complaints from several households that they have not been visited yet, the survey has by and large been successful in getting people’s attention.

State and Central Government offices, banks, shops, educational institutions and the US Consulate remained closed to facilitate people to participate in the survey. Public and private vehicles too were off the roads.

CM upbeat

“There are a lot of benefits. For one, we all thought that the population of Hyderabad was 76 lakhs but it turned out to be about 1.20 crore. You need accurate figures to efficiently plan public amenities such as drinking water,” the Chief Minister said.

Discounting allegations that the survey was aimed at discriminating against a section of people, he said the Government would always discriminate “cheaters”.

“We need good statistics. This survey would have a huge impact in the country. I am sure all the States in the country would have a look at this and try to emulate it,” he said.

The IT industry, which comes under the ESMA, too responded positively to the survey.

Several companies allowed their employees, barring those working on critical projects, to take part in the survey. “They allowed the staff to come to work after the survey,” a senior IT executive said.

Published on August 19, 2014
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