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Census data is indispensable for governments in making informed decisions, planning for the future, and addressing the diverse needs of their populations. Analyse.

Topic: Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes; mechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections.

3.  Census data is indispensable for governments in making informed decisions, planning for the future, and addressing the diverse needs of their populations. Analyse. (250 words)

Difficulty level: Moderate.

Reference: Live MintInsights on India

Why the question:

The article mentions that greater transparency and a more vigilant set of officials ensured that the SECC database was robust in comparison with the old BPL lists.

Key Demand of the question:

To write about benefits of collecting census data.

Directive word: 

Analyse – When asked to analyse, you must examine methodically the structure or nature of the topic by separating it into component parts and present them in a summary.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Begin by giving context of census in India.

Body:

In the first part, discuss the advantages of census – essential for planning the provision of health care, education, employment, etc, helpful in the debate related to reservation policy, targeted poverty reduction programmes etc

Next, Discuss the limitations of census – creates chasms within society, historical apprehensions when such data was used to further divide and rule policy etc.

Conclusion:

Based on above arguments give a fair and balanced view as conclusion.