Islamabad: The Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) will conduct Pakistan’s 7th population and housing census this year, according to press reports on January 19. The census will be Pakistan’s first digital census, with the housing census taking place first, followed by the population census.
According to reports, the Ministry of Planning and Development has requested PKR 5 billion from the Ministry of Finance in order to complete the census utilising international standards and digital demographic methodologies. In this respect, the Ministry of Planning has formed a Census Advisory Committee (CAC) comprising demographers and specialists to provide recommendations and supervise the process. It was said that the funding for the process’s commencement would be granted after the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) granted its permission.
It is vital to note that the government has decided to update the last census, which was done in 2017. The new census was approved at the 49th meeting of the Council of Common Interest (CCI), which was presided over by Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan and attended by Chief Ministers (CMs) from all four provinces. The conference also resolved to establish a permanent CCI secretariat to facilitate coordination and consensus on resource-related matters.