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Myanmar started its first official census in 30 years

Apr 3, 2014 14:15 IST

Myanmar started its first official census in 30 years on 30 March 2014.The census has been facilitated by United Nations Population Fund along with its donors, who have contributed 65 million US dollar. The contribution has been made for focusing on the technical aspects of the survey and neglecting political concerns.

As per the plan, the census will be recorded in 12 days operation and will be conducted by 100000 teachers. During the process of the process, the representatives will draw out information like childbirth and employment rates as well as migration figures.

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It’s expected that the data generated by the census would help the government in developing appropriate policies for its citizens.

UN agency that is helping Burma to conduct its first census after three decades has cliamed that the members of the long-persecuted Rohingya Muslim Population are not being counted in the census. As per the agency, the census workers in the violence-scarred state of Rakhine don’t count any person when they reply Rohingya as their identity of ethnicity.

This census exercise of the country is being boycotted by some ethnic communities and they have said that they will provide false information as a sign of their protest.

Myanmar or Burma is predominantly Buddhist nation of about 60 million and recently it emerged from a half century of military rule. The last census was conducted in the country in 1983.

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