Pakistan Bureau of Statistics launches pilot census in 33 administrative districts

Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) has launched the pilot census of the 7th Population and Housing Census-2022 to test the tools, technology, field operations and security mechanism, communication strategy, etc. in 33 selected administrative districts (417 blocks) across the country. , including Azad Jammu & Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan

ISLAMABAD, (UrduPoint/Pakistan Point News – July 26, 2022): Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) has launched the pilot census of the 7th Population and Housing Census-2022 to test tools, technology, operations on the field and the security mechanism, the communication strategy, etc. in 33 selected administrative districts (417 blocks) across the country, including Azad Jammu & Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.

Chief Statistician Dr. Naeem uz Zafar said this at the second meeting of the census oversight committee held here on Tuesday. Federal Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal chaired the meeting.

Dr. Naeem said that the training of enumerators for the pilot census was carried out in 27 stations across the country.

He said that for the operation on the ground, “the responsibility for security rests with the armed forces with the participation of the civilian armed forces and the respective government police.”

He said the National Database Registration Authority would provide tablets, while the census software, however, the data infrastructure (computing and storage) was the responsibility of the National Telecom Corporation (NTC). Similarly, SUPARCO also won the contract for the supply of high resolution images for coverage and geolocation.

He said the AJK State informed that data on the refugee population living in Pakistan is highly desirable for academic/policy purposes to study the effects of Indian subjugation and perpetual denial of the right to self-determination of the people of Jammu State. and Kashmir; which could also be safely used for YKA Legislative Assembly constituency voter lists and planning purposes.

“Therefore, in the 7th Population and Housing Census of 2022, data on refugees living in Pakistan can be collected by adding a column in the existing data collection form,” he added.

The meeting was attended by Chief Secretaries of all Provinces/Regions with relevant Secretaries, Additional Commissioner Islamabad, Director General of Military Operations Directorate, Chairman of NADRA, Director General of NTC and senior officers from education, local government, finance and PBS.

Ahsan Iqbal stressed that the population census was an important and critical exercise and therefore should be completed in February 2023 using all possible resources.

He asked the chief secretaries to ensure their full cooperation and give their full support to the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics to make the census a success.

He also requested NADRA to expedite the process of procuring tablets and accessories for conducting the digital census, as the exercise was of paramount importance due to the links with resource allocation and demarcation of constituencies.

Any delay in the process would create constitutional crises as the conduct of the next general elections in 2023 depended on the 2022 census, he added.

The minister appreciated the role of the Pakistani military in the process and emphasized the ironclad security of the enumerators during the entire census process. He also assured the full support of the government for the successful conduct of the mammoth task.

Participants from other ministries and provinces were also invited to share their views and all issues raised by the provinces were addressed. Participants appreciated PBS’s efforts to provide transparency and confidentiality and suggested forming working committees for the proper functioning of the census process.

All chief secretaries have assured their cooperation to accomplish the national task.