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Geospatial aid to population census in Pakistan

Islamabad, Pakistan: To ensure a smooth population census in Pakistan, all maps have been updated, according to Abdul Hafeez Sheikh, Minister for Finance, Pakistan. During the meeting of Council of Common Interest, he also said that modern methodology and equipment will be used to ensure data accuracy.

According to Asif Bajwa, Secretary Statistics Division, Census 2011 has been planned in a very comprehensive manner and data would be collected through a door-to-door survey across the country. He said the data would be placed on the Google Maps through the GIS for analysis and better planning of health, education and other public services.

During the meeting, Pakistani Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani termed the population census as government’s constitutional responsibility. He said that credible statistics would help formulate effective socio-economic policies and distribution of resources. He added that the exercise would allow the government to fulfil its obligations in equitable distribution of national resources.

The census to be done in two phases – house listing in March and April and population census in August and September, would be the sixth and would be conducted on modern lines to ensure accuracy of data. The Prime Minister directed all Federal Government ministries and departments to extend their full support to extend cooperation to the Population Census Organisation.

Source: APP