Ref: Confdn/Gen6/2016-19 Dated – 15.03.2018
Sri Hansraj Gangaram Ahir
Minister of State for Home Affairs
Ministry of Home Affairs
North Block, New Delhi - 110001
Sub: - Stop Proposed move to close the Directorate of Census Operations (DCOs) functioning in states and transfer the surplus staff to state Government.
The Directorate of Census Operations (DCOs), functioning in all the states and Union territories of India are entrusted with the task of conducting Sample Registration System Survey (SRS) which is conducted twice a year and hence known as the Half yearly survey. The Half yearly Surveys have been conducted by various DCOs from 1969 and this includes collection of various socio-economic indicators of the country like birth, death, infant mortality, maternal mortality and verbal autopsy for causes of death. This data is extensively used by the Government of India for planning and execution of various socio-economic welfare schemes for different section of society. We would like to bring to your kind notice that the half yearly survey is the source of exhaustive, reliable and authentic data base of socio-economic indicators compiled together by the hard labour of employees of statistical cadre.
It has come to our understanding that the second phase of Half Yearly Survey which would have ordinarily started in the month of January 2018 is deferred indefinitely till a further communication in this regard is received from the office of the Registrar General of India (RGI). It is also understood that, the RGI is meeting Secretary, Planning, Govt. of Kerala to explore the possibilities regarding transferring the work of SRS to Economics and statistics Division of Kerala state. Subsequent on successful completion of the above by Government of Kerala, the SRS survey will be transferred to respective state Governments through-out the country. It is apparent that such a transfer of work to state Government department will take away an important function of the Census Directorate. In such an eventuality thousands of statistical Cadre employees working in the SRS section in all DCOs in states and Union territories will be rendered surplus. It is understood that the office of the Registrar General of India is planning to relocate and retrench surplus staff working in such DCOs. All these measures have aroused suspicion and uncertainty in the minds of the employees and there is a general sense of apprehension regarding job security of employees.
In the above circumstances, I request the Hon’ble Minister to intervene immediately and stop the ill-advised move of the Census authorities which is detrimental to the interest of the prestigious Census Department and also to thousands of employees working in the department for years together.
Awaiting favourable action,
& Member, Standing Committee
National Council JCM
Copy to: -
1. Registrar General of India, 2A, Maan Singh Road, New Delhi – 110001
2. Deputy Registrar General of India, Vital Statistics Division CGO complex, R. K. Puram, New Delhi – 110001