“Why India can no longer afford to delay the census” header India spends, site specializing in data journalism. India, set to become the most populous country in the world, has not kept a population count since 2011. The census was supposed to take place in 2021, but it was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. According to UN forecasts, India’s population will exceed 1.4 billion by April 14, 2023.

“The census is necessary because it forms the basis of all plans and programs that the government wants to implement,” especially in terms of social assistance, adds Nandita Saikia in a column published indian express. The author, a professor at the International Institute of Population Sciences, urges the government to take urgent measures to conduct a census in order to avoid serious consequences.