KINGSTON — Minister with responsibility for Information, Telecommunications and Special Projects, Hon. Daryl Vaz, has informed that an additional $230 million is needed to cover the added expenses associated with the recently concluded 2011 Population and Housing Census.
Speaking at a post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House on August 10, the Minister said this additional figure is contained in a report from the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN).
“The report informed that the Board approved a budget of $1.3 billion, which is $230 million less than the amount requested to cover all the cost to the project. It was, however, noted that the Ministry of Finance had examined and advised that the shortfall would be addressed with consideration in the upcoming Supplementary Estimates,” Mr. Vaz said.
The Minister pointed out that the report noted that Monday, April 4, was recognised as Census Day, but the field work began on Tuesday, April 5.
“It further advised of delays in the delivery of identification cards for the census takers, which resulted in the slow start of the field work, and subsequent resolution of these within the first two weeks,” he added.
This year’s census, which was undertaken under the theme: ‘Everyone Counts – You, Me, All a Wi’, is Jamaica's 14th dating back to 1943, one year before the country’s first general elections under Universal Adult Suffrage.
A census is defined as a count. In this regard, the Population and Housing Census is a total process comprising the collection, compilation, evaluation, analysing and publishing or, otherwise, dissemination of data on demographic, economic and social conditions of the people, as well as analysing the conditions under which they live at a specific period of time.
By CHRIS PATTERSON, JIS Reporter