Islamabad (July 24, 2017): The process to compile results of the recently-concluded country’s largest ever population census is underway and provisional results are likely to be released on July 31.
The census which was conducted in two phases was completed on May 25, 2017.
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However, the exercises continued in the areas where it could not be carried out due to inclement weather conditions or law and order situation.
Now, the exercise in remaining areas has also been completed and the process to compile the results of the data gathered during the exercise is underway.
The provisional results of the housing and population census will be issued on July 31. The result will be presented in the meeting of Council of Common Interests (CCI).
Sources said that the CII meeting is likely to be convened on July 31.
It is to be mentioned here that during the sixth housing and population census, 151 districts of the four provinces, Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistan and Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) were covered.’
The first phase of the census ended on April 15, while the second phase was completed on May 25.
Last census was conducted in 1998 and it was after a gap of almost two decades that the sixth census is being conducted.
The government has spent Rs18.5 billion on the census, of which Rs6bn was spent on army personnel and a similar amount on the PBS staff. The remaining Rs6.5bn was spent on providing transportation.
The first census in the country was conducted in 1951, the second in 1961, the third in 1972 instead of 1971, due to political turmoil, and the fourth census was conducted in 1981.
The fifth census, which was due in 1991, was conducted in March 1998 with help from the army. Under the Constitution, the government is supposed to conduct the census every 10 years.