Sindh approaches Centre to extend first phase of Census


Karachi: Sindh has approached the federal government for extension in ongoing first phase of house census (house counting process), which has to be completed by April 19 as per the original schedule.

Sindh Census Commissioner Noor Muhammad Leghari said that the decision to extend first phase of the census has been taken in the national interest.

On Saturday, a delegation of Sindh Census Monitoring Committee of all the nationalist parties of Sindh led by its chief, Syed Jalal Mehmood Shah, called on Sindh Census Commissioner and apprised him of the alleged irregularities in the house counting process.

Sources told The News Tribe that the delegation presented proofs of the alleged irregularities and manipulation of the process by a Karachi-based party to the Census Commissioner. They urged the provincial census commissioner to ensure impartial, fair and transparent house census in the province.

Leghari assured the delegation to look into the reported irregularities and making the process transparent and fair.

It is to be mentioned here that the first phase of sixth census is underway across Sindh like other parts of the country, which will end on April 19. The housing census or house counting will provide a baseline for the actual census of population that is likely to begin by the end September or early October.

According to the Sindh Census Commissioner, 20,000 enumerators, who have been provided necessary training of house listing, are engaged in the process of house marking and counting in the province. The second phase of the census will record citizens’ demographic, social and economic characteristics, including the information on literacy, standard of living, access to information, etc.