If Census staff fails to reach their homes within the due course of time, the citizens must reach out to the Assistant Commissioner of their respective area.
Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has urged the people of the province to get every individual counted because this is a national duty and would help the government to provide facilities to the population based on details of people and their socio-economic conditions as recorded in the process of the census.
This he said while speaking at the Sindh Literature Festival organized at Pakistan Arts Council, Karachi on Friday. He was accompanied by Minister Culture Syed Sardar Shah.
Shah said that the 7th Housing and Population Census has been started in the entire country and would continue till April 1, 2023. He added that this was the first time that the census process was being done digitally in which details of houses and individuals were being recorded and registered online and on digital devices – tablets.
Shah said that the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) has also introduced the method of self-enumeration through which any member of a family can log in to the PBS website – self.pbs.gov.pk through a mobile phone or computer and enter details of family and household.
The CM said that for self-enumeration one has to reach the PBS website to register by providing the name of the mobile service company, mobile number, the name of the district, and Taluka. The website would ask the registering person to create a password and confirm it,” he explained the procedure and said once information was entered, a one-time password (OTP) would be sent to your given mobile number through a text message from 9272.
Upon receiving the OTP, one has to log in again by using the OTP within five minutes, the CM said and added upon login, the census form would open up to fill in. the required spaces with accurate information.
Murad Shah said that once the form was filled it would be submitted. He added that upon the submission of census details, a code would be generated that one has to show when the census staff would visit his/her home.
Shah urged the people of the province to get every individual counted. “If you are unable to register through self-enumeration, the census staff will visit your house, in any case, therefore, make sure that all your details and details of your family members are noted accurately,” he said and added this was a national duty and would help the government to provide facilities to the population on the basis of details of people and their socio-economic conditions as recorded in the process of the census.
Earlier, the CM presiding over a meeting of Divisional Commissioners and deputy commissioner at CM House said that in the census, the responsibility of the divisional, district, and taluka administrations has increased manifold. He said that each Taluka has been declared as a ‘Census District’ and each Assistant Commissioner (AC) is a ‘Census District Officer’ (CDO).
He said that it was the foremost duty of each AC to ensure that every enumerator was working properly, security through police personnel, Law Enforcement Agencies (LEA), and Pak Army was provided, transportation facility was available, and each Tablet given to the enumerator was functional, charged and used appropriately. “If any issues arise, ACs and officers of District Administrations are bound to resolve them instantly,” he directed them and also advised them for technical problems related to functioning, connectivity, and software of Tablets, local NADRA representatives have been geared up. NADRA would ensure that technological troubleshooting takes place without loss of time and data.
He directed the Commissioners, deputy commissioners, and Administrative Secretaries to supervise ACs and provide them support to effectively discharge their duties with regard to the 7th Housing and Population Census.
The CM advised the people of the province that if Census staff did not reach their homes within the due course of time, they must reach out to the AC of their respective area. He also told the people that they could also inform the toll-free helpline of PBS (0800-57574) and they could also lodge a complaint, in incase the enumerator has not recorded their details accurately.
Murad Shah urged civil society activists, political workers, parliamentarians, and local government representatives to play their role in increasing awareness among the common people about the Census. “There is no other purpose of the Census but to collect accurate data about population and housing so that governments can plan effectively and efficiently for providing civic amenities to our people,” he concluded.