The first phase of the population and household census has entered its second stage on Friday (today). With the completion of this stage on April 13, the Pakistan Bureau Statistics (PBS) enumerators will have finished counting houses and population in 80,400 census blocks in 63 districts across the country. A census block contains between 200 and 250 households on average.
Earlier On Thursday, Chief Census Commissioner Asif Bajwa told a press conference that the house-listing operation in the second stage will continue for three days, starting April 3. The household and population count will be completed by April 12. On April 13, the enumerators will count homeless people, Bajwa said.
The first phase includes 16 districts of Punjab, eight of Sindh, 14 of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, 15 of Balochistan, and five each in Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.
Bajwa said 50 percent of the census blocks across the country will be covered in phase I.
The remaining 87,875 census blocks will be covered in phase II that will also be completed in two stages.
This is Pakistan’s sixth census and is being held after a delay of nine years. The fifth census had been held in 1998.
The purpose of a census is to gather information about the population of a country, its housing conditions and demographics, and social and economic characteristics.