Minister directs stakeholders to follow timelines of census.

ISLAMABAD: As per decisions of Council of Common Interest (CCI), Pakistan Bureau of Statistics is working extensively to meet the challenging timelines to conduct first ever Digital census of Pakistan. In this regard, fifth meeting of Census Monitoring Committee was held on 17th Jan 2023 at 3:30pm at National Census Coordination Centre (N3C) under the chair of Prof Ahsan Iqbal, Minister PD&SI. Census Monitoring Committee was constituted in pursuance of decision taken in 49th meeting of Council of Common Interest (CCI) held on 13th January, 2022 to oversee/monitor Census activities to ensure expeditious, transparent and credible census conduct. The meeting was attended by Members of Committee from all relevant departments and stakeholders which includes relevant Federal Ministries, Administration of all Provincial and Area governments, DG Military Operations Directorate, NADRA, NTC etc. The main purpose of the meeting was to update all stakeholders about progress / ongoing activities of 7th Population & Housing Census, take decisions on methodology of Census in the snow bound areas, and decide take decisions on issue of on overlapping of National events with Census timelines.

Dr. Naeem uz Zafar, Chief Census Commissioner (PBS), presented in detail the progress on 7th Population & Housing Census related activities. He informed that 495 Census Support Centers have been established where trained staff is deputed. Provinces have allocated 120,000 Census Field Staff. Pilot Census was successfully conducted in 33 districts. 125,500 Tablets were hardened and delivered to 495 Census Support Centre and training of 121,000 Field Staff is in progress since 7th Jan, 2023 at 992 venues. However, problems were faced in attendance in all provinces especially Sindh & Punjab. He further added that NADRA has informed that all the requirements including The security audit will be completed soon and after security audit, Self Enumeration may be launched depending on provision of required Backend Infrastructure by NTC.

This was followed by presenting the overlapping national events with the census timelines and availability of security personnel. Keeping in view the extreme cold weather, methodology of Census field operation in the snowbound areas was also discussed. Issuance of memorable postal ticket to mark the conduct of first ever digital census was also discussed. Dr. Naeem further...

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