BHUBANESWAR: Just nine urban centres of the State can boast of a population of one lakh and more. None has touched the one million mark.

The State Government will kick-start the new Socio Economic Task Census (BPL census) from December 1.

The Union government is inclined to examine specific requirements of States individually while implementing the proposed legislation on food security.

When it was brought to his attention that crores of people in the State would be left out of the Public Distribution System as the ceiling for coverage of urban population stipulated in the draft National Food Security Bill was 50 per cent and the provisional figures of Census 2011

The below poverty line (BPL) census, which is expected to put the issue of poverty in perspective, will be a scientific exercise of counting the poor, the Planning Commission believes.

In the wake of criticism from civil society groups over its Supreme court affidavit setting a spending threshold of Rs 32 as urban poverty line, the Planning Commission is likely to spell out its s

The 2011 Census has reported a marginally higher growth in the urban population, yet it also reports a phenomenal increase of 2,774 new “census towns” – greater than the number of such new towns identified in all of the 20th century. Could this be the result of some kind of census activism working under pressure to report a higher pace of urbanisation? Since the Census of India has a reputation for rigour, it is imperative that the methodology for identification of new towns and possible changes from the past are made public.

State has more names in ration cards than its population as detailed in Census 2011; 29 per cent already enrolled for Aadhaar

Tribal and nomadic communities in Rajasthan were asked here on Thursday to take part actively in the upcoming first-of-its-kind Socio-Economic and Caste Census aimed at identifying the Below Poverty Line families in both urban and rural areas that can benefit from the Union Government's welfare schemes.

Describing female foeticide as a grave challenge, Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad on Wednesday said information, education and communication (IEC) could play a role in building a positive environment for valuing the girl child, particularly at the grassroots level. He said the Centre had decided to provide funds to States for setting up dedicated cells to monitor the implementation of the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques Act, 1994.

AIZAWL: The Central government has sanctioned 134 projects worth Rs.2,610 crore for poverty alleviation, development of infrastructure and providing basic services in the urban areas of the eight Northeastern states, an official release said here Sunday. “Under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM), 134 projects with a cost of Rs.2,610 crore have been approved,” said the release quoting union Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation Minister Kumari Selja.