First phase of sixth population census completed

Lahore: The first phase of sixth population census has been completed countrywide on Wednesday in 63 districts across Pakistan.

Homeless people were also counted during the first phase – at late night and early morning – which also included drug addicts present outside various places such as along roads and outside hospitals.

According to officials, data of over one million people has been checked through National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA).

The first phase of country’s sixth population census was started on March 15. Over 84,000 enumerators had been trained and collected data from about 168,120 census blocks across the country. The Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) has also reserved about 10 percent staff and supervisors, hence bringing the total staff for census to over 118,000.

Security of census teams is also ensured by civil and intelligence forces.

The second phase of the census – house listing and headcount – will commence from March 31. House listing operation will kick off from March 31 and would continue for three days.

The census is considered vital for the accurate allocation of resources, tax collection, nomination of  parliament representation, handling civic issues and evaluation of resources for infrastructure development. The constitution asks to conduct census every tenth year, however it had not been conducted for the last 19 years in Pakistan.

The first census in Pakistan was conducted in 1951, the second in 1961, the third in 1972, the fourth in 1981 and the fifth was conducted in March 1998. After long span, on March 15, 2017, the sixth census has been started.