After failing to fulfill promise of holding census in March this year, now government is giving assurances to hold it next year. Authorities cited the unavailability of army personnel is one of the main reasons for postponement of census. Availability of army is vital during the population count as country is facing security threats. But on the other side, we also can’t brush aside matters containing vital importance. One of pivotal matters is holding census in the country, to have exact idea about the population of the country. Ignoring census is also linked with the stacks of politicians. They believe demographics as well as the ethnic composition have changed dramatically since the last census and after new census fear exists that their vote banks are going to be changed or threatened by boundary changes.
Supreme Court has also highlighted the importance of census and has termed it would be impossible to hold 2018 elections without conducting a census first. Last census was held in the country in 1998 and it has been almost 18 years country is running on guesswork and without exact idea of its population. Exact data about the population of the country holds great value in making better educational, health and economic policies for the people. Census is crucial for economic and social planning, social justice and other rights but also from security and safety point of view. The success of the security operations is linked with the information about the number and location of the population. Government’s position about postponement of census can only be acceptable for better preparation to ensure that Census do not entail division and conflicts due to technical inaccuracies, undemocratic practices and administrative lapses. Holding census contains great value; exact data of population in certain areas provides better idea in making health, education policies and in case of natural calamities to provide assistance to the masses.
ISLAMABAD, The Inter-Provincial Education MinistersConference has decided to keep the educational institutions open with 50percent attendance. The meeting decided that...Read more