Pakistan to conduct first ever digital census


An economic census is one of the comprehensive measures of a country’s economy that provides statistics on its various industries, sectors and markets.

It is necessary for the growth and development of a country, for it tells about the sectors in which the government needs help in order to increase employment or build more infrastructure.

Pakistan is going to conduct a digital census for the first time since its formation. What will be the procedure, and how will it be carried out? These are some questions that pop up in everyone’s mind.

For the digital census, the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) has recruited 126,000 enumerators and purchased the same number of tablets.

Each enumerator will be the in-charge of collecting information from two census blocks. A ‘block’ is a geographical unit for the census, consisting of 200-250 houses.

Currently, there are 185,509 census blocks in the country. This survey will also include those people who do not possess a National Identity Card (NIC).

PBS chief statistician Dr Naeem-Ul-Zafar told the BBC that the enumerators would collect information from every Pakistani citizen irrespective of their lifestyle, age and gender.

Data such as information about rooms in a house, basic amenities of life, number of family members, and a person’s education, occupation, religion, disability, etc. will also be collected.—|INP