ISLAMABAD, (Muzaffargarh.City – 16th Mar, 2017 ) : The house listing for the first phase of 6th Natonal Population Census continued for second day Thursday in 63 districts across the country.
The listing of houses would be completed in three days, which would be followed by head count for next ten days, official sources said adding that one day i.e. March 28, had been specified for counting homeless people.
The 63 districts, where house-listing operation is continuing, include 16 in Punjab province, eight in Sindh, 14 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 15 in Balochistan, and five each in Azad Jammu and Kashmir, and Gilgit Baltistan.
These districts include Jhang, Chiniot, Faisalabad, Toba Tek Singh, Dera Ghazi Khan, Rajanpur, Layyah, Muzaffargarh, Lahore, Hafizabad, Narowal, Sialkot, Vehari, Bahawalpur, Pakpattan and Attock of Punjab province.
Likewise, in Sindh the listing continues in the districts of Karachi West, Karachi South, Karachi East Korengi, Karachi Central, Malir, Hyderabad and Ghotki. In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the districts currently going through the census include Peshawar, Mardan, Swabi, Charsadda, Nowshera, Laki Marwat, Dera Ismail Khan, Hangu, Abbotabad, Haripur, Mansehra, Battagram, Turghar and Orakzai Agency.
In Balochistan, the districts including Awaran, Quetta, Lesbela, Dera Bughti, Kohlu, Musakhel, Washuq, Kharan, Kalat, Jafarabad, Naseerabad, Pishin, Noshki are are being covered in the first phase.
However, the sources added that in Turbat the census is likely to spread over both the phases of the census exercise. In Azad Jammu and Kashmir, the first phase of census would be launched in Muzaffarabad, Bagh, Sudhnoti, Kotli and Bhimber.
Similarly in Gilgit Baltistan, the census during the first phase would be conducted in Gilgit, Baltistan, Ghanche, Nagar and Ghizer districts. During the second phase, the census exercise would be conducted in the rest 88 districts all across the country, the sources added.
The services of 84,000 enumerators would be utilized in collecting the data from about 168,120 census blocks across the country. The Bureau has reserved about 10 per cent staff and supervisors, hence bringing the total staff to over 118,000 persons.
In addition to enumerators, 200,000 army personnel have been engaged for the exercise, they said adding one army soldier would be attached with one enumerator throughout the exercise and they would be provided proper security cover up by the Army.
The Bureau has set March 18 as reference day and whosoever present in the country on the day would be included in the census. “Who lived in a particular place from six months on the reference day, would be registered from that place,” they added.
Overseas Pakistanis, living abroad for more than six months, would not be included in the exercise while all the foreigners living in Pakistan for six months on reference day would be included in the exercise.
For the first time in the history of Pakistan, the trans- gender would be counted in the census, while the Bureau would also conduct a survey later for identification of the disabaled and the nature of their disability. The Bureau has also established a helpline to provide assistance and access to people to inform in case they were not counted in the census, the sources added.