Significance of census


Javaid Bashir

The Supreme Court of Pakistan has rejected the time frame given by the government for holding the Census in the country. Justice Saqib Nisar said that the government does not want to eliminate the poverty. Without the Census the system cannot work efficiently. Government organizations have been delaying the process of Census. The governments have already delayed the process for decades. The concerned organization is bound to complete the process of Census by a specific date. DG Statistics Division appeared before the court and took the position that his organization has started preparations for the holding of Census. Over the next three months different actions and steps would be initiated. The teachers’ training for taking information and collection of data will take at least three months. He stated that 1 lac and 65 thousand teachers need to be trained for the project. Moreover, Census cannot be carried out without the assistance and protection of the military officials. At present the army is engaged in Zarb e Azb and dealing with the Indian aggression on the Line of Control. The officials will be available in November, December. The Court directed the Statistics Division to make arrangements for the census during this period without wasting more time. It seems the government is not interest in holding the Census remarked the Justice Arif Husain Khiliji during the hearing of the Suo Motu case regarding the holding of Census. The Census statistics play an important role in the progress and development of a country. In other countries, Census is held on regular basis after every five years. we cannot belittle the importance of these statistics for future planning. It is the Constitutional duty of the government to hold Census every ten years’ period. The delaying tactics are self destructive. it is not possible to allocate proportionate funds for the provision of basic needs of the people.
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