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Naveen Patnaik Wants Postponement of Census Work Due to Coronavirus Outbreak, Writes to PM Modi

File picture of Odisha CM and BJD president Naveen Patnaik.

File picture of Odisha CM and BJD president Naveen Patnaik.

The Odisha CM said mobilisation for Census and updation of the National Population Register across the country would pose a great risk for field functionaries and people.

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday sought postponement of Census operation and related activities in the country over the novel coronavirus pandemic.

In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Patnaik said mobilisation for Census and updation of the National Population Register across the country would pose a great risk for field functionaries and people.

The chief minister said the Union Home Ministry had issued a notification for conduct of Census 2021 and updating the NPR throughout the country from April 1 to September 30, 2020.