After almost 20 years, Government of Pakistan has decided to conduct census in Pakistan. The national campaign starts from today (March 15, 2017). This will be the biggest census in Pakistan’s history. The last census was conducted back in 1998.
According to figures made public, a total of 118,918 trained enumerators as well as 200,000 military personnel will be conducting the numeration exercise. Special training and briefing sessions were held for civil-military co-ordination.
Minister of State for Information Mariyum Aurangzeb shared this information at a press conference along with Director General Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor and Chief Census Commissioner Asif Bajwa.
Two-Phase Census Campaign
The minister said that Rs. 18.5 billion had been allocated for the census in Pakistan. It will be held in two phases over a period of 2 months.
The first phase of the census will run from March 15th to April 15th followed by a 10 day interval. The interval is to help relocate staff from phase one areas to phase 2 areas. The second phase will then begin on April 25th and will last up to May 25th.
The deputy commissioners will be the head of their respective districts while the assistant commissioners would be heading individual Tehsils.
Wrong Information is a Crime
DG ISPR warned that lying or providing wrong information would land the individual into jail for 6 months with a fine of Rs. 50,000.
Ms. Aurangzeb said that an awareness campaign has been launched to inform general public about the procedures of the census. Geographic Information System will be used for profiling based on demographics.
While the census is being conducted, the transgender and physically disabled will be profiled separately. Of course the provisional lists would be published after the census ends on May 25th and will include the number of men and women as well as the rural and urban population.
Military Personnel linked with NADRA
DG ISPR added that each enumerator will be accompanied by a soldier. The soldiers will be linked with National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) for verifying information that the people provide.
He noted that the 1998 census was used as an example while preparing for the upcoming census. At that the process took 90 days and employed 250,000 enumerators. This time around the process will take 60 days with 200,000 military personnel.
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