PR No.256 Meeting reviews progress of housing census Islamabad: March 24, 2017

Finance Minister, Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar here on Friday chaired a meeting to review the progress of ongoing housing and population census 2017. Minister for Law & Justice, Mr. Zahid Hamid, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Law, Barrister Zafarullah Khan, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Statistics, Khawaja Zaheer Ahmed, Secretary Finance and Secretary Statistics Division were present.


Chief Statistician, Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) apprised the meeting that the census activities under phase-I had been going on for seven days now. He added that census work was being undertaken in 40,000 blocks throughout the country smoothly. He said that considerable work had already been completed under the phase-I. He informed the meeting that all the activities were being carried out as per the standard parameters.


Minister Dar appreciated the dedication of all officials engaged in census activities including the army personnel. He expressed satisfaction on the work undertaken till date and hoped the good work would be kept up in coming days also. He said that the PML(N) government had the privilege of taking on this gigantic task after 19 years and added that the task would be completed in the most transparent manner as per international best practices.


Welcoming the appointment of Khawaja Zaheer Ahmed as Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Statistics, the Finance Minister said that Mr. Zaheer Ahmed brought with him rich experience and would endeavour to enhance liaison with all stakeholders at administrative and political levels to address complaints and grievances arising out of the whole process of the census.


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