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After a few days, the digital census portal had 4 million entries.

Throughout the past several days, four million people clicked on the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics’ self-enumeration webpage as part of the seventh digital census. While the field enumeration will begin on March 1 and run through March 3, self-enumeration will be available through the site starting on February 20. In just a few days, PBS member Sarwar Gondal said during a news conference, “the response from the public has been quite strong.”

He said that this was South Asia’s first digital census of its type. He acknowledged that a few small problems had been noticed, though, and that they had been informed to the National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra), which was in charge of the technology supporting the census.

The PBS Official Spokesman and Member (Support Services/Resource Management), Mr. Muhammad Sarwar Gondal, revealed at a news conference held today in Islamabad that

Pakistan is creating history by conducting the world’s first digital census, and the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics is quite proud of how actively people are participating and how stakeholders are praising and supporting the project.

According to him, certain small concerns are being reported, as with any first-time technological project, and NADRA, which is in charge of the technology supporting the census, has been informed of them. Mr. Gondal was appreciative of the compliments since they enable NADRA to make system improvements.

r. Sarwar Gondal, Member SSRM, Pakistan Bureau of Statistics shared that prior to the census, extensive and intensive consultations were held at levels, especially with provincial stakeholders to explain the entire digital process. This was in response to a question regarding concerns being raised on the process from Sindh, in particular Karachi, Balochistan, and a few other quarters.

The concerns are being voiced because people are unsure of what the census procedure entails. In order to ensure that the census is held honestly and counts every person living in Pakistan, at the address they are currently residing in, the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics is once again interacting with the stakeholders to clarify the facts and all ambiguities. Because of this, a digital methodology was selected for this.census

Mr. Gondal added that in order to further understand the purpose of the census

The census is a national obligation to inform policymaking, future planning, and development for the progress of the nation, according to the General Statistics Reorganization Act of 2011 and the UN Conventions. Everyone living in Pakistan is required to participate in the census, and it is their civic duty to provide accurate information.

Mr. Muhammad Sarwar Gondal, a member of the SSRM, highlighted that it is dishonest to the nation and its citizens to politicise or use false information to advance an agenda or to propagate it for any other reason. Census is our civic obligation, and we must work together to make the world’s first digital census a success.

The Pakistan Bureau of Statistics is conducting the first-ever digital census to offer reliable, transparent, and timely data for decision-making, upholding the values of honesty and integrity, carrying out its primary duty, and adhering to the decision of the Council of Common Interest (CCI). Transparency, accountability, and efficiency are ensured by the digitization of the census.

Mr. Gondal shared that prior to the census, extensive and in-depth consultations were held at levels, especially with provincial stakeholders to explain the entire digital process. He was responding to a question regarding concerns being raised on the process from Sindh, specifically Karachi, Balochistan, and a few other quarters.

The concerns are being voiced because people are unsure of what the census procedure entails. Mr. Gondal provided information about how the safety and security of the data had been protected while responding to inquiries. He said that more than 100,000 fully qualified enumerators would use tablets to complete the census data while going door to door and geotagging the buildings.

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