Lawmakers demand members in Statistics Division from KP, Sindh, Balochistan
DCs directed to stop use of pencil in Census; Control room set up in Peshawar
The house listing for the first phase of 6th Natonal Population Census continued for second day Thursday in 63 districts across the country. The listing of houses would be completed in three days, which would be followed by head count for next ten days, official sources said adding that one day i.e. March 28, had been specified for counting homeless people.
The 63 districts, where house-listing operation is continuing, include 16 in Punjab province, eight in Sindh, 14 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 15 in Balochistan, and five each in Azad Jammu and Kashmir, and Gilgit Baltistan. These districts include Jhang, Chiniot, Faisalabad, Toba Tek Singh, Dera Ghazi Khan, Rajanpur, Layyah, Muzaffargarh, Lahore, Hafizabad, Narowal, Sialkot, Vehari, Bahawalpur, Pakpattan and Attock of Punjab province.
Likewise, in Sindh the listing continues in the districts of Karachi West, Karachi South, Karachi East Korengi, Karachi Central, Malir, Hyderabad and Ghotki. In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the districts currently going through the census include Peshawar, Mardan, Swabi, Charsadda, Nowshera, Laki Marwat, Dera Ismail Khan, Hangu, Abbotabad, Haripur, Mansehra, Battagram, Turghar and Orakzai Agency.
In Balochistan, the districts including Awaran, Quetta, Lesbela, Dera Bughti, Kohlu, Musakhel, Washuq, Kharan, Kalat, Jafarabad, Naseerabad, Pishin, Noshki are are being covered in the first phase. However, the sources added that in Turbat the census is likely to spread over both the phases of the census exercise.
In Azad Jammu and Kashmir, the first phase of census would be launched in Muzaffarabad, Bagh, Sudhnoti, Kotli and Bhimber. Similarly in Gilgit Baltistan, the census during the first phase would be conducted in Gilgit, Baltistan, Ghanche, Nagar and Ghizer districts.
During the second phase, the census exercise would be conducted in the rest 88 districts all across the country, the sources added. The services of 84,000 enumerators would be utilized in collecting the data from about 168,120 census blocks across the country.
Parliamentarians on Thursday demanded to form a committee of the National Assembly for inclusion of the members in the Statistics Division from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh and Balochistan.
Speaking in the National Assembly on a point of order, Sahibzada Tariq Ullah claimed that the government has appointed all the members from Punjab and members from other provinces should also be included in the Statistics division. Sahibzada Tariq Ullah urged Minister for Finance Ishaq Dar should take notice of the matter and address the reservations of the other provinces.
He said the government should take into confidence the Parliament and parliamentary leaders about census. Aftab Khan Sherpao said that the government should ensure the representation of members from all the provinces. Awami National Party leader Haji Ghulam Ahmed Bilour said that representation in the Statistics Division from all the provinces will further strengthen the federation and make the census credible.
The Deputy Commissioners (DCs) of Karachi have been directed to stop the usage of making entries in the form-I with pencil by some of the enumerators during Census immediately. ‘Although pencil is not allowed and is not part of the census kit provided to the enumerators by the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics, Sindh, Karachi,’ said a statement of the Commissioner Karachi office here on Thursday.
In pursuance of the KPK Rules of Business 1985 and as Focal Person for Census, Secretary Local Government Elections and Rural Development Department (LG&RD)has notified the establishment of control room for Census at LG&RD with immediate effect.
The room would ensure prompt delivery of all communications, instructions, orders from PBS to concerned departments and field formations, immediate reporting of security, logistics and un-toward incidents, emergency to all concerned including Security and Law Enforcement Agencies and the focal person on daily progress.—APP