Government provides 2 billion reais in 2022 census budget

The government has set aside 2 billion reais for the 2022 census in the budget proposal. Photo: Archives / Gazeta do Povo

The federal government has set aside 2 billion reais of resources to carry out the 2022 census in the budget presented this Tuesday (31) to Congress. Originally scheduled for 2020, the population census has been postponed for a year due to the pandemic.

The estimated amount is the same that was presented in the 2021 finance bill for research, but the amount was withdrawn during the processing of the Budget. Of the initial 2 billion reais, only 53.3 million reais remained. The reduction in resources led the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE) to cancel the census this year, the budget being insufficient even for the training of technicians.

In April, Marco Aurélio Mello, then Minister of the Federal Supreme Court (STF), granted an injunction to conduct the research. However, the virtual plenary of the Court decided that the census could be carried out in 2022. The legislation provides that the survey must be carried out every 10 years, the last taking place in 2010. With information from Agência Brasil.

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