India's decennial Census exercise is likely to collect data on bank accounts per household as well as penetration of insurance services, for the first time ever.
The Census 2021 questionnaire is currently being finalised in consultation with various central ministries and departments. Sources in the Home Ministry told Times of India that as part of ongoing consultation for designing the questionnaire for houselisting/enumeration for the next census, the Finance Ministry has sought to refine the 2011 question of whether there was a bank account held by the household, to how many bank accounts are held by members of the household.
Another important information that the Finance Ministry wants collected is about insurance acquired by a household.
“The questionnaire is being redesigned to widen the scope of information being collected so that it can be applied to improve the delivery of various government schemes. The responses will be further codified so that collation of data is faster. We are looking at releasing complete data within three years of conducting the census,” said a Home Ministry official.