Census to help plan nation’s future: Bajwa

Islamabad

Chief Commissioner Census, Asif Bajwa on Friday said holding of successful population census would help long term planning in the country. Population could indicate the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and per capita income of the country, he stated while talking to media.
He said Phase-I of census had been completed in 63 districts and the remaining would be completed in the second phase started from Friday.
The process of second phase would continue till April 14. He said if any house left unattended for data collection then they should contact with the concerned teams to register their names.
Asif Bajwa said anyperson could register their complaints on toll number 0800-57574 or hold meeting with the concerned teams to tackle their issue amicably.
The population and household count in the second block of the phase one under the 6th population and housing census in sixty-three districts began across the country today (Friday).
According to Radio Pakistan, official sources informed, that the house listing operation in the second block of phase one would start today and continue for three days. The population and household count of the second block would be held from 3rd to 12th of the next month. The homeless people in the second block would be counted on 13th April.
The First Phase includes sixteen districts in Punjab, eight in Sindh, fourteen in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, fifteen in Balochistan and five each in Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.
Meanwhile, it is reported from KP that the second portion of the ongoing the sixth national population and housing census 2017 was started in the 13 selected districts of Khyber Pakthunkhwa and Orakzai Agency on Friday. Following successful completion of the first portion, the enumerators along with relevant staff has starting housing and population census again Friday in the remaining around 7131 blocks in 13 selected KP districts and Orakzai Agency.
Assistant Census Commissioner, Pakistan Bureau of Statistics Peshawar, Saeedur Rehman Khan told APP that the second portion has been started March 31 and will continue till April 13.
He said about 14,500 staff including enumerators was participating in the census process in the province and Fata. In the second portion, housing and population in around 7131 blocks would be counted in upcoming 14 days in the above districts and Orakzai Agency.
The census process in 7131 blocks against total 14262 in KP and Orakzai Agency has already been completed on March 28 and the remaining 7131 blocks would be completed in the second portion starting from today.
The 13 KP districts where the second portion of census was underway include Peshawar, Mardan, Swabi, Charsadda, Nowshera, Lakki Marwat, DI Khan, Hangu, Abbottabad, Haripur, Mansehra, Batagram, Torghar and Orakzai Agency, Saeedur Rehman said. He said the first phase of the census was started on March 15 after a gap of 19 years, would come to an end on April 13.—APP

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