Islamabad: Minister for Planning, Development Asad Umar said on Tuesday (February 22) that the country’s seventh population and housing census will be conducted between September-December this year, news sources reported. The census will be Pakistan’s first digital census, allowing more transparency.
In a press conference, Asad said that the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) would share data plans with the media soon. He also said that the central government has also taken provincial governments on board for the successful census execution to ensure that the next election is held according to the latest population numerics. He pointed out that to make the process more successful, a pilot project will be launched in June to enumerate and note shortcomings and risk management. The federal government will include the IT Ministry, National Telecom Corporation (NTC) and Natural Resources Training Group (NRTG) in the exercise. He also said that conducting a census after 15 to 18 years is not an option in today’s modern world because of rapid population dynamics changes.
As per the revealed plan, the interim census results will be completed and released by December this year, while a detailed breakdown of the resources will follow. The cabinet had previously approved the 7th census in consultation with all the provinces, following the problem with the previous census results conducted in 2017