KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that there are legal and political impacts of census because it provides basis for political representation in the assemblies, delimitation of constituencies, basis for distribution of funds from divisible pool and determination of quota for recruitment to all civil positions in the federal government.
And, therefore, each and everyone must be counted as well as foreigners and illegal immigrants be excluded from the count.
This he said while presiding over a cabinet meeting at the New Sindh Secretariat, said a statement issued here on Monday.
The meeting was attended by all provincial ministers while the advisors to CM and Special Assistants attended the meeting through special invitation.
The chief secretary, Rizwan Memon, IG Sindh AD Khowaja, Chief Statistician Asif Bajwan, Mr Sohail representative of NADRA and other senior officers attended the meeting.
The agenda of the cabinet include law & order, food authority bill, conflict interest bills, law regarding collection of Ushr, panah Shelter Home, population & housing census and some and other items.
The chief minister differed all the other items and allowed presentation and discussion on population Census and briefing by NADRA representative.
The Chief Statistician gave detailed briefing to cabinet on the census plan. He said that so far five census have been conducted which include 1951, 1961, 1972, 1981 and 1998.
The 6th population & housing census was due in 2008 but could not be held and now it would be conducted from March 15, 2017 as approved by CCI in its meeting held on December 16, 2016.
The cabinet was told that the house listing and census operation would be carried out in one-go. Form 2 would be used in census operation while form 2-A would be filled in on sample basis after the census operation is over.
On this the Mukesh Kumar Chawla said that the form 2-A carries important information of migrations, age disability and such others. It is an important form and must be included in the census in a formal way.
The chief minister taking the point of Mr Chawla said that he would take up the issue with the federal government.
Talking about methodology for field operation, the cabinet was informed that there was an Enumeration method under which information would be collected and recorded on questionnaires by through door to door.
The population count to be made at usual place of residence.
All the persons residing in the country except diplomats and refugees living in the camps would be counted in the census process.
Under the field operation house listing and population & Housing census would be conducted in one go, means first three days for house listing followed by 10 days for census operation and one day for home less.
This census would be conducted in two phases and operation would start simultaneously in all the provinces.
The cabinet was told that there are 29 administrative district and 146 census districts in the province which include 932 census charges, 5132 census circles and 38842 census blocks.
Each block would be completed in 14 days and three days for housing numbering, 10 days for filling up of Form-2 and one day for enumeration of homeless population.
Two blocks would be assigned to one enumerator, each phase would be completed over a period of 30 days and second phase would be started with a gap of 10 days and one uniform soldier would accompany each enumerator.
The details of the phase-wise field operation plan as shared with the cabinet says that the three-day house listing operation would start on March 15 to 17, Block-wise 10-days filing up of Form-2 would start on March 18 to March 17, one day enumeration of homeless population at one-day per block would be made on March 28 and retrieval of filled in documents and issuance of census material for 2nd Block would start from March 29 to March 30.
The second phase would start house listing operation from May 11 to May 13, 2017.
The cabinet was also told that for complete coverage and effective field supervision the country has been delimited on four tiers- the census district comprising district/taluka/cantonments/agencies.
The cabinet was also informed that some 15000 CNICs issued to people of different areas of the province but they have not collected them, therefore the NADRA was going to destroy the same.
On this the chief minister advised the NADRA to make an other attempt to deliver these card to the concerned persons.
“My divisional and district administration would support you if you provide us a list of such cards,” he said.
Concluding the cabinet meeting the chief minister said that the policy of the census should be very clear that each and every one must be counted at right place.
The Sindh government would extend maximum support to Bureau of statistics and NADRA, he assured.—APP