A population and housing census is planned for July next year.
A discussion in this respect was chaired by President Rajapaksa at Temple Trees. This would be the 14th population and housing census to be carried out in the country. The census organized in 2001 did not cover the North and East. The census to be carried out next year will enable to gather data on population at the Provincial, District and Regional levels. It is also anticipated to secure correct information on the displaced civilians.
The census will be launched under three stages using improved strategy. Minister Basil Rajapaksa and Director General of the Department of Census and Statistics Suranjanaa Widyaratna were present at this discussion