Chandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today lauded the work done by nearly 56,000 enumerators and supervisors involved in the Census- 2011, making the state number one in the country for accomplishing this task in a time bound manner.

Addressing the gathering after felicitating the officers of the state government with the President of India’s Census Medal and Certificate here, the Chief Minister said Census was the biggest administrative exercise which was the basis of country’s and state’s planning framework.

He also appreciated the stupendous efforts of all the officers who put in a lot of hard work to complete the herculean task even before the stipulated time period, an official release here said quoting the CM.

Badal also mentioned that Punjab was fortunate to have Punjabi University Patiala as one of the work station selected by the Centre along with the prestigious Jawahar Lal Nehru University for the processing and compilation of the Census data.

The Chief Minister mentioned that during Census operation 2011, population of 2.80 crore were surveyed in 12,581 villages and 217 towns of the state.

He said that this Census has revealed that Punjab had witnessed marked improvement in the child sex Ratio, which was now 846 females against 1000 males as compared to 798 during 2001.

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