Hyderabad wore a deserted look as the intensive household survey began at 9 am. The survey is conducted across the newly-formed State to ascertain comprehensive information on the citizens, an exercise which has attracted criticism from certain quarters.
Enumerators started doing the rounds filling up forms and checking photocopies or original documents of bank accounts, property, and vehicles.
There was shortage of forms in English in some areas causing inconvenience to non-Telugu speaking people. However, the enumerators helped them out. Each enumerator was given 40 to 50 houses to cover.
The “Intensive Household Survey”, being compared with the General Elections in size, would cover an estimated 84 lakh families living in Telangana, involving about four lakh Government employees, including police personnel and teachers, a press release issued earlier said.
Refuting allegations that the survey is aimed at identifying Seemandhra natives, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has said that the exercise is intended to ensure that benefits of Government schemes reached the targeted sections.
According to the “Check Slip” posted on the website of Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), data is sought about the number of family members in a household, water tap connection, property tax assessment, LPG & electricity connections, bank account, Aadhaar card, caste certificate, birth certificate, disability, vehicles and land owned.
In a media release last evening, the Chief Minster appealed to the people to make the survey a success.
Observing the survey is being conducted for providing welfare schemes to the people and find out what they want, Rao asked citizens to give correct information to the enumerators.
Taking exception to certain critical comments made by Opposition TDP and BJP regarding the controversial survey, Rao had yesterday said the parties were raising a false alarm.
“The TRS Government wants to be target specific. It (the survey) is aimed at helping the people and the poor,” he had said.
Sources said Ashish Khetan will be the vice-chairman of the commission.