PR No. 259 Meeting on Population Census Islamabad

Finance Minister, Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar here on Monday chaired a meeting to review preparations for the upcoming housing and population census.

Chief Statistician, Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) gave the Minister an update on the state of preparedness saying that field work was being undertaken at a brisk pace and that census material was being transported to different areas of the country. He further said that all arrangements including deployment of security personnel would be completed in accordance with the time lines. He said that training of enumerators had nearly been completed and they would subsequently be posted to different census blocks across the country. He also apprised the Minister about the publicity campaign being undertaken by the PBS for creating awareness among the masses about the census.

Minister Dar said that the census activities be carried out professionally with complete coordination among departments concerned. He emphasized that time lines be observed for all the activities. The Minister added that the census would help acquire the much needed data that in turn would facilitate equitable allocation of resources for different areas of the country. This is a very serious exercise and full dedication on part of government bodies and involvement of the general public are the key to making this exercise a complete success, the Minister remarked.

Senior officials of the Finance and Statistics Divisions attended the meeting.