The Pakistan Bureau of Statistics announced on Thursday that they have successfully completed 92 percent of the first-ever digital census, registering as many as 40 million households.
KP & Balochistan:
It said that 95 percent of census work is finish in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) 95 percent in Punjab, 92 percent in Sindh and 6 percent Balochistan.
The PBS explained that they are able to daily sync the data of almost 10 million people without any issues due to the smooth workflow and technology innovations.
However, it should be note that they recall this achievement as a landmark national achievement and emphasized that they are conducting the entire process with full transparency, accountability, and efficiency.
The PBS emphasized that the provincial and district governments bear the primary responsibility for conducting the census field operations to ensure 100 percent quality, credible, and universal coverage and to ensure that no one is left behind.
The Bureau has provided the design, and strategic approach, and equipped the provincial and district governments with the technology and tools for complete transparency and real-time progress monitoring of census activities, along with daily oversight and feedback to further improve the data collection exercise in real-time.
The real-time data progress monitoring dashboards, developed in partnership with NADRA and provided by PBS from the provincial to the district governments, help provincial governments in identifying any abnormalities, any areas missed and any other on a daily basis.
The concerned staffers at the Bureau’s headquarters analyze the data received on a daily basis and immediately communicate it to the for resolution to ensure timely response and universal and complete coverage.
The PBS claimed that this was 7th housing and population census and the first digital census is a historic mile-stone and the first digital census of its kind in South Asia.
The efforts of the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics, as well as the efforts of the Provincial and District Governments to ensure complete and census field operations, with the support of the technology provided by NADRA, have made the successful execution of the census possible.
The move towards digitization has allowed province and district governments, who are responsible for the field operations for the 100 percent universal and inclusive census coverage, to immediately identify the missed areas using the houses and the quality of data entered for them by the enumerators in real-time.
The PBS further support the provincial and district governments by setting up a helpline-080057574 and SMS gateway 9727 where people can call for queries or report anyone or any area missed.
Recently, on the directions of the Prime Minister of Pakistan Shahbaz Sharif, the 495 Census Support Centers are now also working as points of referral for all missed areas.
The Pakistan Bureau of Statistics attribute the success of the current census universally standardize training they provid to 121,000 field enumerators who identified and select by the provinces.
They also provided 126,000 tablets to digitize the data collection process.
The main Census is to provide data for informed decision-making for policy planning for the people living in particular areas so that required resources can be provided for the provision of basic necessities like schools, hospitals, roads and others. Questions asked in the census pertain to the number of people and living standards.
Census is not linked to the voter nor does it have the ability to discriminate. It is a mandatory civic duty which all of us need to participate in, for our future, for the future of our children and for the future of the country.
Published in the Logical baat, 07, 2023.