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Sweating profusely, Panduranga Kumar, a technical assistant in the Telangana Assembly, was running from one street to another in Maktha area of Khairatabad after he suddenly realised that the number of families he had to cover as part of the Intensive Household Survey was much higher than estimated.
“I am supposed to cover 40 houses but when I came here I found that in each two- or three-storey house at least five families live, most of them on rent. That makes it 200 families. I and two associate enumerators — college students — cannot do this in a single day,” said a harried Kumar as he darted from one portion of a two-storey house to another.
At Krishna Nagar in Banjara Hills, Hema Kumari and her team of three ran out of survey forms and was calling her supervisor at Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) to rush additional booklets. “Do you think the survey can be completed today? No way,” she said.
Amidst chaos and confusion, the Telangana government’s Intensive Household Survey, aimed at preparing a database of families living in the new state, started on Tuesday with special focus on Hyderabad. By 4 pm, it was clear that the enumerators were struggling to cover each house. There was chaos because officials who planned the survey underestimated the number of enumerators required for each area.
Later in the day, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhara Rao was quoted by PTI as saying that the survey was a “superhit”. “This is a superhit survey. It has been successful beyond our expectations. This is an eye-opener for those who criticised (it). I sincerely and whole-heartedly thank all the employees and students for making the survey a big success,” Rao said.
However, the enumerators told The Indian Express they had a tough challenge at hand. “Each house was calculated as one unit and one family and we were given targets accordingly. But we find that each house has several portions which the owner has given on rent to several families. Instead of spending 15-20 minutes at each house, we are spending more than one hour. We came at 7 am and by noon we entered details of only four houses having 14 families,” said Nasreen Sultana, a teacher of Government High School at Shaikpet. She and her associate enumerator, a Class X student, had a tough time checking documents and filling up the form as anxious