India launches what it calls world’s biggest census

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India on Thursday kicked off what is says will be the world’s biggest census that it hopes will help plug wastage in government welfare schemes, boost tax revenue and define consumers more clearly.

More than two million census workers will cover an estimated 1.2 billion people, defining them in demographic, socio-cultural and economic terms, including such parameters as mobile phone and Internet usage and banking access.

Full story: India launches what it calls world’s biggest census-Reuters