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Why Pakistan’s First-Ever Digital Census is a Game Changer for the Country’s Future

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Pakistan’s first-ever digital census, conducted under the vigilant oversight of the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics, has shown remarkable results in ensuring 100% coverage and inclusivity. The innovative use of digital technology, coupled with physical monitoring and fact-finding field work, has allowed the Bureau to monitor and analyze real-time data from field enumerators, making sure that no one is left uncounted in their place of residence.

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The Bureau’s expert statisticians have analyzed the data for trends and gaps, and the findings have been shared with provinces for their due action. The transparency and shared ownership of this census process, along with constant engagement with stakeholders, have added to the authenticity and accountability of the field operation teams.

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The digital census process has proven to be highly efficient in identifying missed households, missed members of households, and miscounting and underreporting of collective residences, especially in high rises in big cities like Karachi. This has resulted in a significant increase in the population count, with over 7.4 million increased all over Pakistan and 2 million in Karachi alone in just two weeks, showcasing the value of digitizing the census process.

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The commitment and dedication of the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics at all levels, along with the support provided to provincial governments, has led to a successful census coverage. The technology and digitization of every phase and layer of the census process have provided all stakeholders with confidence in a true picture of the Pakistan population, which will ensure responsive and effective policy planning.

The first-ever digital census of Pakistan, which started in February 2023, has completed 99% of its activities successfully with the satisfaction of all stakeholders. Sweeps and deep work are currently being carried out to ensure that all missed areas and people are counted, making sure that they are part of the country’s future and receive their basic rights.

The success of Pakistan’s first-ever digital census is a testament to the commitment and dedication of the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics, the use of innovative technology, and the constant engagement with stakeholders. The inclusivity and transparency of the census process, coupled with the accuracy of the data collected, will allow for effective policy planning and decision-making for the future of Pakistan.

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