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What is a population and housing census?
 
Why is the census needed?
 
Is it compulsory to provide my information to the census enumerator?
 
Is my information going to be provided to the others?
 
 
What is a population and housing census?
 
It is the total process of collecting, compiling, evaluating, analyzing, and publishing demographic, economic and social data pertaining, at a specified time, total persons in a country. It is the single most extensive, complicated and expensive statistical operation consisting of a complex series of interrelated steps that a country undertakes.
 
Why is the census needed?
 
  • It provides detailed statistics on population, its composition, characteristics, spatial distribution and organization (families and households) for small areas and for small population groups.

  • Formulation of Government policies, national/sub national level planning and administration purposes

    • Education and Health sector planning
    • Manpower Planning
    • Infrastructure planning
    • Planning of other population and housing services

  • Census data is used as benchmarks for statistical compilation and sampling frame for sample surveys

  • Used as a benchmark for research and analysis. Population Projections is one of the most important analytical outputs based on census data.

  • Provision of periodic, regular and timely data needed for the monitoring and evaluation of internationally agreed development agenda objectives such as Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)

  • Statistics on small areas generated through census can be used to produce statistics on the lowest geographical level (GN division) and also for a cluster of GN divisions according to the needs of data user.

 
 
Is it compulsory to provide my information to the census enumerator?
 

Yes, The Census Ordinance provides legal authority to the Department of Census and Statistics to carry out the census while the same ordinance obligates every person to answer census questions to the best of his/her knowledge and ability.

During census enumeration, a representative from each and every household is asked to answer the questions on the Census form. If you do not answer the questions, the Director General of Census and Statistics as the Census Superintendent has the power to direct you to provide the information. If you fail to provide such information this, you have a legal obligation to comply.
 
Is my information going to be provided to the others?
 
No! The DCS under the Census Ordinance is legally bound to protect the confidentiality of the information collected on individuals/household at the census. Neither a government agency nor any other organization will be given data about an individual person or a household.
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