Lahore: The Punjab government has launched a digital census process in preparation for the upcoming local government elections scheduled for April, news sources reported on December 30.
The government has launched a pilot project that has been successfully completed in 33 districts. The Provincial Census Coordination Committee, headed by Chief Secretary Abdullah Khan Sumbal, met at the civil secretariat on Wednesday and instructed relevant officials to complete measures related to the training of master trainers, trainers, field staff, and security.
As per the plan, the task force formed for the digital census will consist of 61,000 field staff members drawn from the education department. Mr Sumbal directed the deputy commissioners to provide the necessary facilities for the training of field staff for the census in districts. The Punjab government will provide digital equipment, a dedicated portal with a QR code, and stable internet for the field staff conducting the digital census.
In the first phase, the training of 328 master trainers has been completed, and the chief secretary has asked the officials concerned to complete all training by January 21, followed by fieldwork for the census.
It is important to note that the federal government is also preparing for the first-ever digital census, which is expected to start in Karachi. The last census was conducted in 2017, but the central government decided to redo the exercise to address critical issues with data.