Sindh asked to appoint focal person on census.

ISLAMABAD -- The census monitoring committee allowed the Sindh government on Wednesday to nominate one of its provincial ministers as a focal person for a more coordinated communication in order to speed up the ongoing national headcount operation.

Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal chaired the 7th meeting of the Census Monitoring Committee to review progress in the country's first digital census activities, field operations and other related issues, according to a said a press release issued here.

'The meeting decided that the Sindh government would nominate one member of its cabinet as a focal person for more coordinated communication so that the census operation could be moved at a faster pace,' it added.

During the meeting, Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) chief Dr Naeem Zafar briefed the participants about the progress in the census process. Iqbal said on the occasion, the government was working in collaboration with all the provinces on conducting a digital census.

The minister directed the authorities concerned to launch an effective media campaign for projecting the ongoing census and creating awareness among the masses about the difference between the digital census and the traditional census conducted in the past.

The meeting was attended by Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, Chairman National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA), PBS chief, chief secretaries of Punjab, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan and senior officials.

The development came a day after the PPP had threatened to quit the federal ministries, forcing the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N)-led coalition government to allow the provincial governments to access the census monitoring dashboards.

The decision to give access to the provincial governments, especially Sindh, has mainly been...

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