Iqbal asks PBS to expedite census process

The planning minister has directed the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) to complete the field verification/coverage of the seventh Population and Housing Census via fifteenth May in areas wherein population growth isn’t in line with regular demographic tendencies.

He has additionally directed the enumerator to close the field operation in all areas displaying natural developments.

According to a statement issued via the PBS, Minister for Planning Ahsan Iqbal—in a meeting on Sunday—laid pressure on completing fieldwork of the seventh Population and Housing Census by using May 15, 2023.

It said the assembly became held “in pursuance of the twelfth meeting of the Census Monitoring Committee and a assembly with demographers and political events.”

Iqbal told the members that Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has taken strict note of repeated extensions of field enumeration sports all through the headcount.

“Therefore, targeted verification and enumeration operations must be accomplished in areas with peculiar population increase, in which gaps have already been highlighted using the digital systems architected by the PBS for the first-ever virtual census,” he stated.

He stated unique efforts have to be made in city regions of Punjab, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) and the federal capital to counter issues of under-insurance and coffee insurance. A uniform data-pushed coverage need to be followed to conclude the sector enumeration in all provinces.

“The fieldwork must be strictly monitored and the progress need to be shared on a daily basis with the PBS headquarters and me so as to fill gaps and efficaciously conclude this exercising,” he said.

Iqbal stated along side under-enumeration, the digital system has also identified over-counting and instances in which census workout has been manipulated or tampered ensuing in strange trends.

He directed the concerned teams to address such instances strictly to avoid such incidents in future. He pressured on the significance of finishing the exercise on May 15 for well timed handing over of data to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).

Planning Secretary Syed Zafar Ali Shah asked the PBS and stakeholders to redouble their efforts to complete the exercising on time and to adopt a uniform policy in all blocks in the course of the usa.

Chief Census Commissioner Dr Naeemuz Zafar provided the cutting-edge updates and pointers for the final touch of the workout in the stipulated time.
He said the aid of provincial governments—in tracking and surveillance of area workout—together with aid of law imposing organizations for provision of safety to enumerators is vital for addressing gaps and well timed of entirety of workout

“There is a need to make efforts to ensure complete coverage of restricted regions, collective houses and gated communities,” he stated.

He said sharing development with the PBS head office on every day foundation and sharing of below coverage and no insurance proceedings with the aid of civil society and stakeholders to respective provincial governments will play an effective role in short selection-making and concluding the huge activity of discipline enumeration.

It was determined within the meeting that discipline operations must specially cognizance on verification/coverage of leftover regions in Punjab (33 districts), Sindh (8 districts), the K-P (nine districts), Balochistan (3 districts) and Islamabad along side verification exercises in particular regions.

Further, to conclude the exercising within the stipulated time, the PBS higher management will hold a series of conferences, starting with Islamabad leader commissioner on May 1 [today].

It will maintain a assembly with the government of Punjab on May 2; of the K-P on May three; of Sindh on May four; and Balochistan on May five. It will provide information of goal areas showing poor increase, non-living units and single person/ folks’ households to districts for a hit completion of the task.

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