Population Census To Begin Across The Country Tomorrow
PESHAWAR, 14 March: The first phase of the sixth National Population Census is scheduled to start on Wednesday, March 15, 2017, in 63-districts across the country.
According to the federal government, the population and household census will be conducted in two phases. The government said that the first phase of the population census would conclude on April 15.
During the first phase, the population and household census will be conducted in 16-districts of Punjab, 8-districts of Sindh, 14-districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 15-districts of Balochistan, 5-districts of Azad Jammu and Kashmir and 5-districts of Gilgit-Baltistan.
The Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) has trained 119,000 government employees who take part in the census as enumerators whose services would be utilized in collecting the data from about 168,120 census blocks across the country.
Moreover, 200,000 army personnel will also be deployed with the population census teams for security purposes during the exercise. One army soldier would be attached with one enumerator throughout the exercise and they would be provided proper security cover-up by the Army.
In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the districts to be covered in the first phase of the census process include Peshawar, Mardan, Swabi, Charsadda, Nowshera, Laki Marwat, Dera Ismail Khan, Hangu, Abbottabad, Haripur, Mansehra, Battagram, Turghar and Orakzai Agency.
PBS has set March 18 as reference day and whosoever present in the country on the day would be included in the census.
The federal government has allocated Rs 18.5 million for the population and household census across the country.