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For the first time in history, the government is conducting a digital census in Pakistan.
The Pakistan Bureau of Statistics, more commonly referred to as PBS, has recently launched a self-enumeration portal to collect data for the seventh national Population and Housing Census. The system allows individuals and families from all across the country to add their personal and household information to the national database with a few simple clicks on their computers or mobile phones.
The deadline for self-enumeration for the 2023 Census in Pakistan is March 3, 2023.
According to Planning and Development Minister Asad Umar, around 98% of the data collection process for the upcoming census will be completed online. The authorities will also reportedly employ the latest technologies such as geofencing and GIS mapping to monitor the procedure and ensure everything is running smoothly.
What is Self-Enumeration?
Self-enumeration is the process through which individuals can participate in the data collection process for the Census.
The newly launched portal by PBS provides citizens with an opportunity to register themselves and other members of their household on the national database to ensure they are included in the 2023 Census in Pakistan. Moreover, the data is collected on the basis of ‘Household,’ which means an individual can easily register others who share the same address without any hassle.
Furthermore, the self-enumeration portal, which went live on February 20, 2023, states that hostels, religious institutions, rehabilitation centres, orphanages, and old-age homes are considered ‘Collective Households.’ Hence, they are not eligible for the self-enumeration portal.
Step-By-Step Guide on Self-Enumeration for the 2023 Census
Here is how you can enumerate yourself for the upcoming digital census in Pakistan.
Step 1: Registration
Please visit the official PBS Self-Enumeration Portal and click on the ‘Register’ button on the top right corner of the screen. You will be redirected to a new web page and asked to enter the following details:
- Mobile Network
- Mobile Number
- Present Residential Address
- Present District of Living
- Present Tehsil of Living
Once you have filled in the relevant fields, please click on the ‘Sign Up’ button at the bottom of the page. The portal will then ask you to enter the six-digit code sent to your registered mobile number to verify your account.
Step 2: Log in to the Portal
After you have entered the code and completed the registration process, the PBS portal will ask you to log in using the new credentials.
Step 3: Add Family Members
This section is divided into two segments. In the first part, users must add the names, ages, genders and other details of the people who have lived or intend to live and eat together in the same home for six months. You can also add the details of the household members who are temporarily living elsewhere. However, please do not register any temporary guests as a part of your household.
After filling out the required fields, click on ‘Save Member’ to add the next individual. Once all members have been added, select ‘Go to Next Step.’
The second part requires basic details of each individual you have added to the list – including their religion, mother tongue, level of education, employment status, migration history, and functional limitations (if any).
Note: Please make sure to enter the details of the head of the household first. The remaining members must also be added in chronological order.
Step 4: Enter Housing Information
After submitting the information about each family member, users will be asked to enter details about their residence. The online form requires individuals to enter information about the status of the household, the owner of the house, the material used for the house, the source of drinking water, and more.
Step 5: Verify Your Data
Once you have completed both sections of the online self-enumeration portal, make sure to review the details added for each household member. If the forms require any changes, please click on the relevant field to update the information.
Step 6: Submit Your Data
The last step of the self-enumeration process requires the users to submit the completed Census questionnaire. The system will also provide you with a Unique Token Number (UTN) once you have submitted your answers.
When government representatives visit your address for data collection in the coming weeks, please share your UTN with them so they can verify your information with ease.
In case you are confused about any of the steps mentioned above, kindly check out the video below:
This brings us to the end of our guide on the self-enumeration portal for the digital Census in Pakistan. If you are seeking more information on the topic, please get in touch with PBS via email or phone.
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Remember, accurate data about the population can play a vital role in the development of a nation. Government departments use the Census statistics for resource allocation, unbiased representation, civil rights protections, health and education funding, housing grants, and more.
Putting it simply, this data is intricately tied to economic advancement, social progress, civic engagement, and community empowerment in the country. Therefore, we must all play our part and enumerate ourselves for the 2023 Census in Pakistan.
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