Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Being counted

We missed participating (or being counted) by the US Census, but are being counted here in India. Two men knocked at our door and gave us a form, shown below, and informed us that they would return in a few days to pick it up.
The two men are school teachers, and this is "supplementary" duty, similar to their election service -- sometimes it seems that teachers here are performing all these other duties more than they are teaching.The form is simple -- no computer generated bubble forms.The form requests: Name, gender, date of birth, place of birth, educational qualification, relationship, occupation, marital status, names of parents, permanent address, number of years at this address, if we are members of a scheduled caste or scheduled tribe (SC/ST), nationality, election card number, home/cel phone numbers, and the overall number of males and females in the household.

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