Sind govt’s request for census records turned down by federal government

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Sind govt’s request for census records turned down by federal government

Sind govt’s request for census records turned down by federal government

Sind govt’s request for census records turned down by federal government: On Monday, the request for census records by the Sindh government was turned down by the Federal government, this move has deepened the rift between the two governments over census records.

According to a consultant to Pakistan Bureau of Statistics on Census Asif Bajwa, the census record cannot be provided to the Sindh government until the law is amended.

Furthermore he explained that the government of Sindh had asked for records of Form II and census blocks. He remarked “we will abide to keeping the census record a secret.”

The provisional results of the sixth population census had been rejected by the Sindh government and claimed it a conspiracy against the province by the federal government.

Provisional Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah while speaking on the issue said that it is clear that the people of Sindh have reservations against the census results, he added that the statistics department should share the details of blocks with the Sindh government so that it could be counter checked.

He further added that the next elections should be conducted based on the provincial results of the census, he added that for this to happen amendments need to be done in the Constitution.

On the other hand the reservation raised by the Sindh’s political parties have been rejected by the Federal government, the federal government further added that the process of conducting the census was transparent.

It added that all provinces had monitoring committees which were briefed on a regular basis while the census was being conducted.

The government further said that additional time was given to address all reservations and complaints.

Results released for the citywide population in the provisional census conducted by the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics show that Karachi’s population has ballooned to 14.9 million people in 2017 as compared to 9.39 million in 1998.

Thirty-three percent of Sindh’s 47.9 million-strong population lives in the province’s two major cities, Karachi and Hyderabad.

While the provincial capital’s population grew by 59pc in nineteen years, Hyderabad’s population only grew by 0.6 million during the same time.

The sixth Housing and Population Census began after a period of 19 years on March 15. The census was conducted in 16 districts of Punjab, eight districts of Sindh, 14 districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 15 districts of Balochistan, five districts of Azad Jammu and Kashmir and five districts of Gilgit-Baltistan.

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