Thursday, June 1, 2023

Govt postponed seventh census of Pakistan for three months

The seventh population and housing census has been postponed for three months by the government.

As a result of the decision, the fieldwork for collecting data from 180,000 census blocks across the nation, which was previously planned for this month, will instead begin on February 1 and end on March 4, 2023.

The Ministry of Planning issued an official notification for the deferral of the census. The notification stated that Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Ahsan Iqbal has asked the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics to send a fresh summary to the Council of Common Interests and the Prime Minister’s Office.

The Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) began a series of sensitization workshops with chief secretaries, relevant secretaries, and functionaries at the provincial level earlier in May to increase clarity and ownership of the census process by provinces.

In this context, PBS launched the inaugural awareness workshop for the upcoming 7th Population and Housing Census 2022. It would be the first-ever digital census conducted in Pakistan.

The goal of the workshop was to educate participants on tasks that have already been completed as well as about upcoming plans, strategies, tools, and procedures for the census’s successful conclusion.

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