Pakistan set for sixth national census

Islamabad, April 20 (Inditop) Pakistan is all set for its sixth national census, the first phase of which will be conducted April 27-May 11.

This phase will cover “house listing operations”, while the second and main phase covering “population and housing census” will be conducted in October, The News said Monday, quoting the government’s Statistics Division.

Instruction manuals have been distributed at the district level, while the training of enumerators, which began last month, will be completed by Thursday.

Preparatory work involving updating of rural and urban maps and delimitation of census areas has already been completed and census questionnaires have been formulated in consultation with stake holders, keeping in view national needs and international recommendations.

“Three questionnaires have been finalised and approved by the Census Advisory Committee which were drafted in consultation with data users and experts and in the light of recommendations made in a census methodology workshop,” The News said.

A pilot project to test census procedures had been carried out in March-April 2008.

Cartographic and geographic work to update rural and urban areas maps has also been completed.