KARACHI: The government has devised a modern and technology-based design to hold fresh census in 2022 that involves geo-tagging of each structure, tablet-based and self-enumeration system to fetch improved quality of data.

Sketchy details of the plan for the upcoming census emerged at the third sensitisation workshop of the series in connection with the forthcoming 7th Population and Housing Census 2022, the first-ever Digital Census of Pakistan, organised by the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics at the Institute of Business Administration on Thursday.

Speaking at the workshop, Mohammad Sarwar Gondal, the focal person on digital census, highlighted the crucial features of digital census and said the upcoming census had been planned keeping in view the recommendations of the Census Advisory Committee. He said as per a decision of the Council of Common Interests, the PBS is going to conduct the census after five years’ interval, for the first time, with the use of latest tools and technologies.

IBA Executive Director Dr Syed Akbar Zaidi highlighted the import­a­nce of the census for the country, especially for Karachi.

Published in Dawn, December 31st, 2021

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