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The first phase of sixth national housing and population census begins on Wednesday and it will continue till 15th of next month.

In an interview with Radio Pakistan's special correspondent Sophia Siddiqui, Chief Statistician Asif Bajwa said that the census will be conducted in two phases. In the first phase, housing survey will be conducted in 63 districts and agencies of the country, which include 16 in Punjab, eight in Sindh, seven in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, seven agencies of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), 15 in Balochistan, and five each in Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan. In the second phase, to be begun from 25th of the next month, 21 each districts of Punjab and Sindh, 18 Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 17 in Balochistan, the Islamabad Capital Territory, and five each in Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.

To a question, Asif Bajwa said, during first three days, census forms will be distributed and house will be marked with green pencil. He said that a Help Line 0800-57574 has been set up for any kind of information or report regarding the census process and asked the people to contact on this number if survey forms are not delivered at their homes. He said the census team will comprise of two person; one civil enumerator, while the other will be a military person. Asif Bajwa said the team will asked a person questions about head of the family and his relations with the family head, academic qualification, profession, and the property in which a family is residing.  He said all the information to be retrieved during census will be kept secret and no organization or individual will be allowed access to this. He said a fine and imprisonment will be awarded to those who provide wrong information to the census team. He urged the people to cooperate with the team and provide correct information for their own better future.

Responding to another question, Asif Bajwa said overseas Pakistanis are not included in the census process. He, however, said that Pakistani citizens staying abroad for less than six months will be included in the survey.

Answering a question, he said a workforce of over 100,000 will conduct this census drive. He said 86,842 blocks have been formed for the census process.

To another question, the chief statistician said that Pakistan Army will ensure security of the drive, while police and local administration will also assist in this regard.

Replying to a question about the prospects of census, he said the process helps the state allocating sufficient resources on the basis of correct number of its inhabitants. He said it also helps allocate seats in National Assembly and determination of quota for a particular region and the people.

Asif Bajwa commended Radio Pakistan's role in creating awareness among masses about a drive, especially the census, as it has the maximum outreach in all parts of the country. 


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