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Result of census to be available by the end of July: Chief census commissioner

30 June, 2017

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ISLAMABAD: The chief census commissioner has assured Finance Minister Ishaq Dar that provisional results from the Population and Housing Census 2017 will be available by the end of July.

The assurance was given to the minister by Asif Bajwa, the chief census commissioner and chief statistician of the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS), during a briefing on Thursday.

Mr Dar praised the manner in which the sixth census had been carried out in the country and said that international observers had termed the exercise satisfactory.

Mr Dar was informed that international observers had not only interacted with the census staff but also visited different places and talked to the common people about the huge exercise.

Mr Bajwa emphasised that the process had been carried out as per the given timelines and that data had safely been retrieved under the supervision of the armed forces personnel.

The sorting and stacking of data had been completed, he said. The field operations had been concluded on May 24 and the provisional results would be available by the end of the next month, that is as per schedule.

During the massive exercise, a total of 151 districts in the four provinces, Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistan and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas were covered.

The census was conducted in two phases — with 63 districts being covered in the first phase and 88 districts in the second.

Mr Bajwa said the first phase began on March 15 and ended on April 13 while the second one was initiated on April 25 and concluded on May 24.

The services of 119,000 enumerators and supervisory staff were utilised to collect data from 168,540 census blocks across the country. In addition to these civilian staff, about 200,000 army personnel were engaged who not only provided security to the census teams but also performed duties as enumerators.

Mr Dar expressed satisfaction that barring a few incidents the huge exercise passed off peacefully and added that the data so obtained would help the authorities in formulating proper development and other plans.

The credit for carrying out the difficult task in a smooth and satisfactory manner “goes to the PBS team, the armed forces personnel, the provincial governments and security agencies throughout the country”.

“The overwhelming participation and the support extended by the public... for the process was highly encouraging,” the minister said.

He pointed out that the last census was conducted in 1998 by the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz government and the sixth one was being carried out after a gap of almost two decades, once again by a PML-N government.

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