The 10thMeeting of the Governing Council of Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) was held today under the Chairmanship of the Finance Minister/ Chairman Governing Council. The meeting reviewed the overall working of PBS. The Chair welcome the newly appointed Members of the Governing Council from KP and Balochistan provinces.
The Chief Statistician, PBS gave detailed presentation on the agenda items and informed the house about preparations made for holding the Population and Housing Census. The Finance Minister directed that all options for holding the Census at an early date be examined.
The Chair informed the house that Government is fully committed to conduct credible and transparent census in the country. It has allocated required financial resources, procured the data processing equipment and made other logistic arrangements. However, only limitation is the availability of armed forces keeping in view the current security as well as border situation.
The meeting was also informed that PBS has started updation of urban and rural area frame by dividing geographical area into small blocks. Urban blocks in 653 urban localities have been digitized with complete information regarding socio economic variables available in these blocks. PBS is currently working on updation of rural area frame and has completed the assignment in around 60,000 blocks out of a total of 115,000. This process will enable PBS to conduct Census and sample surveys on digitized block boundaries and will enhance the accuracy of the data collected in its surveys.
The Chair observed that expansion in the Governing Council will improve its functioning and desired that experts from AJ&K, GB and Sindh be proposed for inclusion in the Governing Council.
The progress on change of base of National Accounts from 2005-06 to 2015-16 was also presented it was mentioned that PBS has completed the field work of Rent Survey, SHMI, Construction Survey and Household Integrated Income & Consumption Survey while, their reports are in progress. It was further informed that field work of five more surveys will be launched in the current month. The Chair showed satisfaction on the pace of work.
It was informed that PBS is going to switch from paper questionnaires to electronic data collection. Agriculture Census 2017 and data on price statistics will be collected through Android technology using Tablets which will curtail the time lag in data processing significantly. The Chair appreciated the efforts made by PBS for this new intervention and suggested that we may adopt new technology for improvement in the current statistical system.