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Intensive Household Survey is only voluntary

August 14, 2014
Hyderabad

The Hyderabad High Court on Thursday give a green signal to go ahead with the conduct of Intensive Household Survey slated to be on August 19 as purely voluntary.

Justice Vila V Afzulpurkar of the Court while refusing to grant a stay on the survey said that the question of infringement of right to privacy of any citizens does not arise as the government has clarified the disclosure of information is only on voluntary basis. The judge dealing with writ petitions filed by Seetha Rajasekhar Tulasi who challenged the state Government’s decision gave the directions.

Telangana Advocate General K Ramakrishna Reddy submitted to the court that the Intensive Household Survey was to collect data for better implementation of the programmes of the newly formed government and is in the public interest. He told to the court that the government was well within its powers to conduct the survey to check if its welfare schemes are properly implemented.

Presence of all members not mandatory:
Principal Secretary (Planning) BP Acharya clarified that the presence of all members of a family is not mandatory. Even one member of a household can provide the necessary information to the enumerator even as the Government made it clear that disclosure of information for the survey is voluntary and not compulsory.

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