The government chose to postpone the seventh population and housing Census by three months, so the timeline has been adjusted.As a result of the decision, the fieldwork for gathering data from 180,000 census blocks across the nation, which was previously planned for this month, will instead begin on February 1 and end on March 4, 2023.The census has been postponed, according to a formal announcement from the Ministry of Planning.
According to the notification, the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) has been asked by the Federal Minister for Planning, Development, and Special Initiatives, Ahsan Iqbal, to send a new summary and updated timeline for the 7th Digital Census 2022 to the Council of Common Interests and the Prime Minister’s Office.
According to the announcement, the instructions were provided at a meeting to examine the status of the census in 2022. The chairman of the National Database & Registration Authority, the secretary of the Planning Commission, the PBS director, and other officials were present at the meeting.Iqbal was informed about the status of the census during the meeting.
The earlier summary was submitted following a deal with the Nadra for the census to be conducted from October 15, 2022, to November 15, 2022, the PBS chief informed him.However, Nadra was unable to provide tablets due to a delay in the letter of credit’s opening as a result of the current state of the economy and advised that all 126,000 tablets would be delivered in instalments by December 2022 and the ERP (complete software solutions) by October 15, 2022, for testing.