Islamabad, January 02, 2016 (PPI-OT): Finance Minister Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar chaired the 9th meeting of the Governing Council of Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) here on Saturday. The Chair at the outset welcomed the newly appointed PBS Members and mentioned that they have joined the organization at very crucial time, just a couple of months before the 6th Population and Housing Census -2016. They will have to shoulder the responsibility of making the census successful, he said.
The agenda of the meeting was adopted and the implementation status of the decisions taken in previous meeting was reviewed. The Chief Statistician, PBS gave a detailed presentation on the preparations for the forthcoming 6th Population and Housing Census in the country.
He informed the house that, as per decision of the Governing Council, PBS has adjusted the target dates for preparation of census reports by December 2017. He said that the PBS has initiated all preparations and held meetings with the provincial authorities to brief them about their responsibility in making census successful and transparent.
The Finance Minister emphasized the importance of the census data and mentioned that census is being conducted after a gap of 17 years. It was the prime responsibility of PBS to conduct credible census, he added. He directed that utmost care should be taken to complete this task in a transparent manner so that the data is credible. Such data, he said, can then form the basis for future planning.
It was agreed that qualified and highly reputed Statisticians would be co-opted as members of the Technical Committee to provide their professional input on conduct of census. The Finance Minister directed that frequent meetings of the technical committee be held leading up to the census and suggestions of experts be brought to the Governing Council for consideration.
Finance Minister, along with all the participants, on the occasion also bid farewell to the outgoing Secretary Statistics Division, Mr. Israr Ahmad Malik, who is retiring on 4th January, 2016 and prayed for his good health.
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