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Published on Wednesday, 12 December 2012 20:09
The 2014 census will include questions about household assets for the first time in Myanmar history, according to the ministry of immigration and population.
The nationwide population and housing survey, which comes 30 years after the last census, will cover information on demography, fertility, education, employment, migration history and household assets.
The census will be conducted from March 30 to April 10, 2014.
The government will run a trial census in April next year in 20 townships across the country.
“We have roughly forty-one questions for the 2014 nationwide population and household census. Two of them will be the questions regarding household assets,” said Dr Khaing Khaing Soe, deputy director of the department of population.
The first question would be whether the house one is living in is owned or rented. The second question would be on types of materials used in some specific parts of the house, like the toilet, roof, and floor. People will also be asked about electronic equipments and vehicles.
The country will spend around US$55 million for the census. The United Nations Population Fund will provide $5 million, according to Khaing Khaing Soe.
Addressing a workshop on the trial census in Shwe Pyi Thar Township, Yangon last October, Immigration and Population Minister Khin Yee stressed the need for collecting accurate data, which is important for the country to plan and carry out various projects in future.
He denied that the information will be used for tax collection.
“Based on the experience gained from the trial census, we will try to do our best in conducting the nationwide census in 2014,” he said.
Population census has been there in Myanmar since the Myanmar kings era. After Myanmar gained independence in 1948, nationwide census was conducted twice – in 1973 and 1984.