Sri Lanka to conduct first nation-wide census after 30-years

August 4, 2009 (LBO) – Sri Lanka is getting ready to conduct its first nation-wide census, covering all 25 administrative districts for the first time in 30-years following the end of a decades long war, an official said. “The next census will be held in 2011, and we are now preparing for it, and we will need funds for it,” Suranjana Vidyaratne, director general of Sri Lanka’s statistics office told

“We held the last census in 2001, and we covered only 18 districts.”

The department of census and statistics says the last census cost it 800 million rupees. The 2011 census is expected to cost around 1.5 billion rupees

Parts of Sri Lanka’s northern and eastern provinces were then under the control of Tamil Tiger separatists. The military wiped out the Tigers in May clearing the last remnants of thee group in the Mullativu district.

The Tigers at one time controlled Kilinochchi, Mullaitiviu, parts of Mannar, Vavuniya and Jaffna districts in the north. The separatists were driven out of eastern parts of the island earlier.

About 280,000 people who were kept as a human shield during the last stages of the war is currently held in refugee camps while authorities search for former combatants a