Bijnor (Uttar Pradesh), Feb 6 (IANS) Apprehensions over the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC) are now so strong that a team of economic enumerators were allegedly manhandled in Uttar Pradesh’s Bijnor district and faced stiff resistance from the people.
A team of the economic census enumerators in Bijnor, on Wednesday, sent a letter to the District Magistrate narrating the difficulties they are facing in some parts “due to misinformation”.
District magistrate Ramakant Pandey, when contacted, said that he had asked the department concerned to complete the work on time. “If teams are facing any problems, we will sort it out at once. No hurdle in economic census will be tolerated,” he said.
According to District Economic and Statistics Officer, Harendra Malik: “Our teams are facing protests in minority-dominated areas as people are linking it to the NRC. Some team members were manhandled.
“We have now asked village heads and municipality chairmen to help our teams in the survey and convince the people. Our teams are trying to convince them that it is a routine work which is being carried out for years. It has nothing to do with the NRC or CAA.”
He further said that they plan to hold a series of meetings with people’s representatives, including village heads and chairmen, so that they could put an end to this confusion.
The seventh economic census was flagged off in Bijnor by District Magistrate Ramakant Pandey on January 6. There are around 3,000 enumerators and 569 supervisors engaged in the census being carried out under the supervision of economic and statistics department. It is expected to be completed by March 31.
The economic census is aimed at collecting data about the financial status of people engaged in unorganised sector.
Meanwhile, the areas where the enumerators are facing stiff resistance include Kalhari village in Najibabad block, Amipur Narain village in Mohammadpur Devmal block, Anisa Nangli village in Dwarka block and the Mirzapur Bella village in Jalilpur block.