The Senate Committee on Privatization and Statistics Tuesday recommended for official notification of the provisional data of recently concluded 6th Population and Housing Census 2017. The committee also recommended for constitution of a committee of Members of Parliament (MPs) to analyze the authenticity of census process and data processing besides recommending for speeding up the census data compilation process by Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS). The meeting of the committee was held at the headquarters of Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) under the chairmanship of Senator Mohsin Aziz. Among others, it was attended by senators, Hamza, Sherry Rehman, Khushbakht Shujat, Nasreen Jalil and Hari Ram and top officials of the bureau. Mohshin Aziz said that it was time to decide way forward as there were reservations over the census results.
“How to move forward (for elections) when there is hue and cry shown towards the accuracy of data,” he remarked. He was of the view that the MPs committee would visit PBS and check the process of data compilation and suggest if there was any need for improvement. He was of the view that the PBS should install more scanners and computers to speed up its data compilation process. Meanwhile, senator Sherry Rehman pointed out towards a basic flaw in the census mechanism saying that counterfoil was missing in the mechanism while collecting the census data. However, the PBS officials clarified that the design of census was developed by a technical committee which comprised of demographers and technical experts.
The committee was also of the view that the PBS should establish its offices in all the provinces so that if people have any complaint about the collection of data that could be rectified. Meanwhile, Asif Bajwa PBS Consultant on Census gave a detailed presentation to the committee clarifying various issues that had been the basis of controversies. He informed the committee that there might be some variation in the provisional and final data.—APP