6th Population Census Kicks Off
PESHAWAR, 15 March: After a gap of 19 years, the country-wide population census kicked off on Wednesday which will complete on 25 May.
The federal government says the sixth population census will be carried out in two phases. About 119,000 government employees have been given training for the census, while 200,000 soldiers of the Pakistan Army have also been deployed for security of census teams.
In the first phase, the officials will count houses for the first three days in the selected districts and population count will begin from 18 March. Special forms and machinery will be used in the first phase in order to make the process transparent and flawless. The first phase will continue for a month and the next phase will be launched after a break of 10 days. For the first time in the history of Pakistan, transgenders would also be counted in the census.
According to the federal government, Rs18 billion have been allocated for the mega exercise.
Meanwhile, the Lahore High Court and Sindh High Court on Tuesday directed the federal government and the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) to ensure inclusion of separate column for persons with disabilities in the census.