Pakistan’s first digital census from March 1

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The Pakistan Bureau of Statistics on Tuesday notified to begin the seventh population and housing census in the country from March 1. The census, which will be conducted digitally, will continue for a month and conclude on April 1.

Announced by the PBS, which works under the Ministry of Planning, Development and Special Initiatives, approval to conduct the census was given during the Council of Common Interest’s 49th meeting held on January 13.

Prior to the decision, the PBS had initiated the census activities and devised a plan to impart training to conduct the census in three tiers — training of master trainers in Islamabad; training of trainers at the divisional level; and training of enumerators at the census district level.

The department successfully conducted the training of master trainers and training of trainers on December 15 and 23 last year, respectively.

While the training of enumerators in three batches was done from January 7 to 21 this year in which the local administration played a crucial role. The department shared that the census field operation was earlier planned to be conducted from February 1 to March 4, 2023.