After including Indian territory of Kalapani, Lipulekh, and Lipiyadhura in its country’s map at the behest of China, the government of Nepal now wants to implement another step in the three districts – the inclusion of the civilians of the three places in the census-related activity of Nepal.
The Nepal government is conducting the once-a-decade census employing more than 40,000 enumerators and 9,000 supervisors to carry out a nationwide door-to-door survey. In Nepal, opinion sharply divided over holding census in India’s Kalapani, Lipulekh and Limpiyadhura that it claims as its own. Many say enumerators will be barred from entering the areas by Indian forces.
“Definitely, we will hold the census in Kalapani, Lipulekh and Limpiyadhura. We are discussing how to conduct the census going door to door,” Nepal’s Planning Commission member Min Bahadur Shai told the Kathmandu Post.