& Rural Development Department
BPL Census 2002
investigator should visit each and every household in the village and canvas the
Schedule in full in respect of each
household. A household is defined as a group of persons who commonly reside
together and would take their meals from a common kitchen, unless the exigencies
of work prevented any o them form doing so. The household may comprise of
persons related by blood or of unrelated persons or combination of both.
schedule is to be filled up in the following manner.
of the Head of Household:
The name of the head of the household is to be given in Block letters.
number and name, if any:
In case houses in the village have been marked by Gram Panchayat, the House
Number is to be given.
the village: The
name of the village may be given in Block letters.
The name of the Gram Panchayat may be given in Block letters.
of the Block: The name of the Block may be
given in Block letters. If Block do not exist in a State, the name of
corresponding unit like Mandal may be given.
The name of the district may be given in Block letters.
This is to be arrived at, after completing the enumeration, by assigning
appropriate score (0,1,2,3,4) as given in the top of the Block B, ‘Identification and Sub-categorisation of Poor’
for each of the 13 items in that Block. Scores for each of the items is to be
added up to arrive at the ‘Total Score’.
The Sub-categories are ‘Very Poor’, ‘Poor’, ‘Not-So-Poor’ and
‘Non-Poor’. The Sub-Category of the household is to be decided on the basis
of cut-off score to be specified by the State Government/ UT Administration
after analyzing the total score of all the households.
Profile of Household
Name of all the members of the family are to be filled in chronological
order according to their age.
Age has to be given in completed years.
Sex of the member is to be filled up in this column as M for Male and F for Female.
Educational status (in column 6) is to be given in code as given in the Survey schedule.
Monthly Income of the Household:
The Investigator is required to assess the average monthly income of the
household in Rupees. This may be done on the basis of the statement of the
respondent. Only one column, (which is the most appropriate), out of the
five, is to be ticked.
of operational holding of land:
The operational holding of the household may be either owned by them, or on
tenancy. It is also possible that a part of the operational holding is owned
and part is land on tenancy. It is also possible that the household may not
have any operational holding. The Investigator is required to tick only one
column (which is the most appropriate), keeping these possibilities in
This item is to be canvassed for plain areas and hilly areas using separate
Blocks. The Investigator has to tick the most appropriate column in the
selected block (plain or hilly) indicating, the distance of source of
drinking water available in case of plain areas and elevation of the source
of drinking water in hilly areas. When the household is in plain areas, the
portion of the Block relating to hilly areas in the schedule should be
struck off. Similarly, when the schedule is canvassed in the hilly areas,
the portion relating to plain areas should be struck off.
Group of the household:
The Investigator should ascertain the Social Group to which the household
belongs, i.e., Schedule Tribe (ST), Schedule Caste (SC), Other Backward
Class (OBC) or ‘Others’ and tick the relevant column.
B. Identification and
Sub-Categorisation of the Poor.
are 13 indicators given in 13 different rows. Five or less situations have been
defined for each of the indicators and have been described in the columns. Each
indicator is to be scored on a scale of 0,1,2,3 & 4 which has been defined
for each situation for each indicator. The total score for all the 13 indicators
for a household will thus, vary between 0-52. The investigator should tick the
most appropriate column after assessing the correct situation from the
indicators are described below:
Group of Operational holding of land:
This is the size of the land holding operated by the household. The size of
un-irrigated land is assumed as twice the size of irrigated land.
Type of house:
This depends on the material used in the construction of the house. The
definitions are given in the schedule itself. If the house has facilities
and structure like urban house, the Investigator may tick column No. 5.
Average availability of normal wear clothing
(per person in pieces): The Investigator
may enquire from the head of the household or from a member who can give
correct information. Under garments should not be taken into account for
working out the availability of clothing.
The information is to be carefully collected from the head of the household
or from a responsible member of the household. A square meal is a meal
containing the minimum nutritional levels.
The Investigator may enquire from the head of the household or from any
member of the household who can provide correct information. Thereafter, the
information may be, to the extent possible, physically verified.
Score based ranking, adopted in BPL Census will classify the households into two
categories, namely the ‘Poor’ and the ‘Non-Poor’.
new item (d) may be inserted after part (c) of profile of the household in
the schedule, as given below:
whether owns land for construction of IAY house? (Yes/No)
the items (d) and (e) will become (e) and (f) respectively
Ownership of consumer durables:
The Investigator must tick all the items, possessed by the household listed
in the first column, after physically verifying them. Possession of items
listed in the last column should also be indicated with tick marks. This is
required for scrutinizing the schedules at a later stage, before finalising
the BPL list. One of the remaining four columns should also be ticked mark,
if the situation described therein is satisfied. The highest score of the
ticked column is to be taken for working out the total score.
Status of the highest literate adult:
The Investigator has to tick the column after enquiring from the concerned
member/ head of the household. The information should be in respect of the
member of the household who has achieved highest literacy level in the
of the household in labour force:
The information is to be ascertained from the head of the household or from
a responsible member of the household.
the Investigator has to tick the column after collecting the information
from the head of the household or from a responsible member of the
of children (5-14 years) (any child):
Children in the age group of 5-14 years are only to be considered for
scoring. If different children satisfy different situations under this item,
the column with lowest score and satisfied by any child of the household
should be ticked.
The information is to be ascertained from the head of the household or from
a responsible member of the household. In case the loan has been received
from a Financial Institution, the same may be verified from the concerned
for migration from household:
The Investigator should assess the reasons for migration from the household.
If no member has migrated, the household may be ticked as non-migrant.
Migration on account of marriage is to be included in ‘other purposes’.
The Ministry of Rural Development has been implementing various schemes for
BPL households. These households may have varying preference for different
kind of assistance, which they may be offered. The Investigator should
clearly indicate in the appropriate column the topmost preference of the
household, after in-depth discussion with the head of the household and
assessing the appropriate situation.
to tick? The Investigator may put the tick mark (Ö),
in a clear manner, using ball pen, on the relevant column in each row.
Pencil should not be used. If separate space has been provided for ticking,
the tick mark may be put there; otherwise the tick mark may be put on the
body of the cell falling in the row and appropriate column.
status of the highest literate adult
primary (Class V)
secondary (Passed Class X)
Graduate/ Professional Graduate