Provincial govts agreed on forms of population census: NA told
The National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Finance was informed Tuesday that 118,798 enumerators and supervisors had been appointed to conduct 6th population census operations across the country from March 15. The committee, which met here with Qasir Ahmad Sheikh in the chair, was also informed that an army personnel would accompany each enumerator.
The army men would perform security duty as well as monitoring to ensure collection of authentic, credible and transparent data. Briefing the committee, Chief Statistician of the Pakistan Bureau of Statistic Asif Bajwa said the country had been divided into 186,120 census blocks of 200 to 250 houses each.
He said census would be conducted in two phases. It would be started simultaneously in all the provinces and one enumerator would cover two blocks, he added. Asif Bajwa said two types of forms would be used and training of enumerators was underway. Some 42 per cent work about census in rural areas had been completed, he added.
The committee members expressed their dismay over the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) Governor, and presidents of National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) and Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited (ZTBL) for not attending the meeting.
The committee was briefed by the representatives of ZTBL, NBP and SBP on the reasons for charging high mark-up rates on agriculture loans. The ZTBL representative told the committee that the bank was charging 8.5 percent as its administrative expenditure.
The committee expressed its concern on the high mark-up rates charged by the ZTBL and recommended that the single digit markup rate should be charged on agri loans.
Members of National Assembly (MNAs) Saeed Ahmed Khan Manais, Muhammad Pervaiz Malik, Mohsin Shah Nawaz Ranjha, Dr. Shizra Mansab Ali Khan Kharral, Mian Abdul Mannan, Ms. Shiza Fatima Khawaja, Ms. Leila Khan, Dr. Nafisa Shah, Syed Mustafa Mehmud, Asad Umar, Abdul Rashid Godil and Muahmmad Ali Rashid attended the meeting.
Senior officers of the ministries of Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Privatization ands Statistics, Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), SBP, NBP and ZTBL attended the meeting.
Meanwhile Parliamentary Secretary for Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization Rana Afzal Khan Tuesday informed the lower house that all the provincial governments have agreed on the new forms for population census.
Replying to a Calling Attention Notice in the National Assembly, he said the government was going for new population and housing census as decided in the Council of Common Interest (CCI). Rana Afzal said that population census was a lengthy exercise which is going to start in next month.
He said two forms containing comprehensive details were introduced as per international standard for the census. Regarding the column for disabilities, he said that there are 2 columns included for disabled persons in the forms.
National Assembly on Tuesday allowed move a bill to bound housing societies to establish efficient system for sewerage water and its reprocessing. Since the government had not opposed this bill moved by MNA Maj (R) Tahir Iqbal, Deputy Speaker referred the bill to standing committee concerned for deliberation and bring back to the House for legislation.
Pleading in favor of his bill, Maj (r) Tahir Iqbal mentioned to massive growth of housing societies in the vicinity of federal capital and said, it is very rare that any society has evolved any sewerage water treatment mechanism. He said the societies which are spreading towards Murree, Rawat, Tarnol and other areas are dropping their sewerage water in water courses, brooks and rivers in this area.—APP