The seventh population and housing census in Pakistan will commence on March 1. The notification was issued on Jan 24 by the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS). Digitally conducted throughout, the census will last one month and end on April 1.
What you need to know:
The Council of Common Interest’s (CCI) 49th meeting was held on January 13. Reporting to the Ministry of Planning, Development, and Special Initiatives, CCI approved the census. Prior to the decision, PBS already began census-related activities, and developed a plan to teach census-takers in three stages.
The training took place in Islamabad for master trainers, in divisions for trainers, and in census districts for enumerators. Additionally, the department revealed that the field operation for census was originally scheduled to take place from Feb1 to March 4, 2023.
However, the ministry instructed the concerned department to act accordingly. They have been directed to organise all necessary tasks for the aforementioned census rollover date.
Pakistan’s first national census in 19 years began in 2017, after a delay brought on by a shortage of funding, political wrangling, and insufficient troops to manage security. The 70-day data collection drive was launched by around 118,000 “enumerators” in 63 districts, backed by police and troops, as per the Supreme Court’s directive, which had a deadline of March.
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