Digital Census 2023: 140m people accounted
March 25, 2023 10:25 PM
Chief Census Commissioner Pakistan Dr Naeem uz Zafar has said that 140 million people have been counted in the ongoing process of the 7th population and housing census so far, reported the 24NewsHD TV channel.
Addressing a joint press conference on Saturday, Dr Naeem uz Zafar and the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) spokesman Muhammad Sarwar Gondal said 60 per cent of field activities of the census have been completed successfully. “The census began on March 12 and has covered sixty per cent population of the country.”
“The census 2023 is being conducted digitally for the first time in the country’s history.”
They said that 40 million houses have been counted so far in the ongoing 7th Population and Housing Census. “Along with houses, offices, hospitals, shops, animals are also being counted,” they said revealing that for the first time, the accounting of industries and businesses is also underway.
They said that Sindh has been divided into 44 thousand blocks. “9.77 million households have so far been counted in Sindh province.”
Dr. Naeem Zafar, Chief Census Commissioner Pakistan said that reservations of Sindh province have been removed. “The provincial government of Sindh has been given access to the data. We are giving access to assistant commissioners and now, the government can take information from them, he revealed.
They said the People's Party (PPP) has political reservations about the census.
Dr. Naeem said that less than two-thirds of the census process of the province of Sindh has been completed. However, they admitted that the work started late in two to three districts of the Karachi division. “The census of 200 blocks in Karachi started late,” he said adding that so far 8.5 million people have been counted in Karachi.
Muhammad Sarwar Gondal said that the Afghani, Bengalis, and other immigrants are being kept separate in the census.
They also threw light on the digital census background and progress made to date.