New Delhi: The Central government has approved the appointment of Santanu Kumar Agrahari (IAS) as Director of Census Operations (CDO) of Jharkhand on Friday. According to an order from the Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT), he has been appointed to the post (Deputy Secretary-level) under the Central Staffing Scheme for a period with effect from the date of taking over charge of the post up to December 31, 2025, or until further orders, whichever is earlier.
"The State government is requested to relieve Shri Santanu Kumar Agrahari lAS (JH:2012) immediately with directions to take up his new assignment as DCO/DCR, Jharkhand, under intimation to this Department and the Registrar General and Census Commissioner, India, Ministry of Home Affairs, New Delhi," the order added.
Agrahari is a 2012-batch IAS officer of the Jharkhand cadre. He is currently posted as Additional Secretary in the Department of Food, Public Distribution & Consumer Affairs of Jharkhand.
The Indian Census is the largest single source of a variety of statistical information on different characteristics of the people of India. With a history of more than 130 years, this reliable, time-tested exercise has been bringing out a veritable wealth of statistics every 10 years, beginning from 1872 when the first census was conducted in India non-synchronously in different parts. The responsibility of the organisation is to conduct the decennial Census rests with the Office of the Registrar General and Census Commissioner, India, under the Ministry of Home Affairs.