No 35, Sector 7,
Gurgaon - 122050.
Telephone: +0124-4215070, 4215071.
Modern Census to Identify the Deprived and Vulnerable
Technology and Institutions in Managing Socio-Economic and Caste Census (SECC)
Socio-Economic and Caste Census (SECC) project aimed at gathering household and individual level data throughout India. It transcended the normal statistical process of data collection as is done world over in either census or sampling modes. As the objective of SECC is mainly to facilitate strict correspondence between the targeted government benefits and intended individuals and households, the privacy and secrecy concerns of survey units are put to public scrutiny, but with appropriate care given to those respondents who want to maintain their own privacy. Therefore, SECC had gone beyond a normal statistical exercise and encapsulated various dimensions of a complex socio-political process.
The book explains the way the SECC project was executed. Many lessons were learned while executing the project and, that was probably one of the valuable learning outcomes derived by its implementers. Written by a handful of SECC project key executioners, it compiles key features and challenges of the project and captures the contributions made by thousands of individuals and institutions. This volume would be a useful reading for students and practitioners of management, statistics, demography, public policy, administration, sociology, and social sciences.
Praise for this book
This book explains very lucidly how complex problems confronted in conceptualisation and also while collecting data in the Socio-Economic Caste Census project. The book is written with clarity about various aspects involved in the design and execution of the Census. The collection of papers in this volume makes a lasting contribution to the ways to address the challenges involved in the identification of poor.
— R. Radhakrishna
Former Chairman, National Statistical Commission, currently Chairman, Centre for Economic and Social Studies (CESS), Hyderabad.
As someone who was closely involved with the design and roll-out of SECC, and subsequently chaired an Expert Committee on methods of using its results, I am delighted with this book. The SECC exercise was not only massive and challenging, it involved many innovations never before used in India. These essays by those who were at its cutting-edge are both a testimony to their commitment and a lesson for such exercises in the future.
— Abhijit Sen
Former Member, Planning Commission of India.
About the Author(s) / Editor(s)
N.K. Sahu belongs to Indian Economic Service (IES). He was the Economic Adviser in the Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD), Government of India, the nodal ministry which carried-out the Socio-Economic and Caste Census (SECC). He is the only person who worked for this project since its inception till it came to the final stage. His role was unique as he worked for the predecessor of this project, i.e. BPL Census 2002 as well as the SECC project. His PhD thesis is on “Analysis of Forced Commerce in Indian Agriculture” (unpublished) and has authored a book titled, Electoral Politics in Federal India: MP Local Area Development Scheme. At present, he is the Economic Adviser, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, New Delhi.
Purnendu Kishore Banerjee
Partha Pratim Bhattacharjee
Tej Tarun Mahindra
Sudhir Kumar Tewari