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CCI approves conduct of 7th population, housing census

| Housing census will be conducted before population census

PM says govt wants to have credible census data for initiating policies

ISLAMABAD   –  The Council of Common Interests (CCI) has accorded approval to the conduct of 7th Population & Housing Census in the country. 

The decision was taken in the 49th CCI meeting chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan here yesterday. The meeting was attended by chief ministers from four provinces and members of the federal cabinet who are official members of the CCI. The meeting also approved establishment of a Census Monitoring Committee which will be chaired by Deputy Chairman Planning Commission while all provincial chief secretaries, chairman NADRA, chief commissioner ICT and other senior officials will be its members. It will oversee and monitor census activities to ensure expeditious, transparent and credible census operations. As per recommendations of the Census Advisory Committee, the CCI decided to conduct the 7th Census adopting international best practices, using digital technology and GIS monitoring system. It was apprised that the Housing Census would be conducted before the Population Census.

The Prime Minister emphasized that the government wants to have credible census data that can be used for initiating policies and projects for welfare of citizens. While welcoming the Chief Ministers, the Prime Minister stated that frequency of CCI meetings can be increased as per demands of the provinces.

The Prime Minister emphasized that the federal government is fully committed to resolve national issues in consultation with all federating units and stakeholders.

The meeting approved the Annual Report of CCI for the FY 2020-21. It was informed that a total of 6 meetings were conducted during FY 2020-21 during which 21 agenda items were considered with 13 decisions implemented.

The CCI also decided that additional water requirements for Karachi would be discussed by the committee formed to reconcile views of the provinces at the political and technical levels and issues related to water.