Digital census: PBS starts data verification after completing field operations.

ISLAMABAD -- The Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) on Tuesday announced the winding up of field operations of the 7th Population and Housing Census, the first-ever digital census, and initiated the data verification process which would be completed within 15 days.

'. . . The field operation, which commenced on March 1, 2023 and continued without any interruption, has been completed on May 15,' a PBS news release said.

It said the headcount data of armed forces restricted areas and collective residences would be incorporated in the population-counts respective blocks.

The citizen complaints regarding non-coverage would be entertained and redressed at Census Support Center (CSC) and the PBS Call Centers (0800-57574) till May 30, subject to the provision of NIC number and requisite information.

Simultaneously, the PBS said the verification for quality assurance of the data would continue by using a modern technique called Computer Assisted Telephonic Interview (CATI), urging the citizens to extend cooperation with the teams to verify their data through randomly generated calls through CATI.

The bureau said a committee of renowned demographers had been constituted pursuant to the decision of the Census Monitoring Committee (CMC) to analyze the collected data for pointing out departures from the normal trends.

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