Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) has been executing the 7th Population and Housing Census digitally for the first time in the history country, with census field operations commencing from March 1 and have continued till 4th April without any interruption.
It is a great pleasure for the nation and a tremendous achievement that data of 95% listed households has been successfully collected within the stipulated timeframe through tablets across the country with only 5% census field work left either in big-blocks, blocks where census work started with some delay due to logistic arrangements or was withheld for a couple of days due to some technical glitches.
In order to complete the leftover census work, a proposal from Provincial Census Commissioners was solicited requesting for more time to complete the leftover work. Keeping in view the proposal of the PCCs, Chief Census Commissioner has extended the date to complete the remaining work to ensure 100% coverage by 10th April, 2023. In case enumerators have not visited, all citizens of Pakistan are being requested to inform PBS using the toll free number is 0800-57574 which will be functional 24/7. The citizen can also send their complete address through SMS on 9727 for lodging complaints of non-coverage. They can also visit or contact PBS Reginal Offices or the 495 Census Support Center established at the tehsil level for registering their complaints regarding non-coverage.
Simultaneously, the quality of data is being ensured through Post Enumeration Survey by using Computer Assisted Telephonic Interview (CATI) and the respected citizens are urged to extend cooperation with our team to verify their data through randomly generated calls through CATI. It is pertinent to mention that all the structures, buildings have been listed across the country from 1st March to 10th March, 2023. During the listing phase all the residential and economic units have also been geo tagged along-with categorization/classification of economic activities as per international standards. As per data received, the total numbers of listed households to date are over 39.62 Million in the country. Self-enumeration portal was launched by PBS from 20th February, 2023 to 10th March 2023 whereby the citizens enumerated themselves by using the portal launched and this method was optional.
The citizens of Pakistan being the most important stakeholders and beneficiary of the census are urged to ensure their full participation and cooperation with field staff visiting them and the call center officials who may call them for data verification for quality control, along with as well as lodge complaints of non-coverage if any. Participation in the census is not only our moral, and legal obligation but also provides the opportunity for the government to develop evidence based policy planning for ensuring our rights and better service delivery at our doorstep. Pakistan Bureau of Statistics, is thankful to the nation and all the stakeholders for their tireless efforts and unwavering support to accomplish 95% census field operation of this gigantic task of paramount importance for the informed and prudent policy and planning for a prosperous nation.
The first ever digital census of Pakistan is being executed with great success and it is a moment of great pride for the nation as it is the largest South Asian digital census to date. The final phase of the census i.e. enumeration commenced from 12th March 2023 which remained continue till 4th April, 2023. In this phase the data about household members and their demographic characteristics, various Socio-Economic Indicators as well as Housing characteristics are being collected. The overall progress of the census is very encouraging and satisfactory. No major incident/lapse has been reported except few minor issues.