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NA Body approves bill seeking census after every 10 years

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Published: October 27, 2016 02:33 pm


ISLAMABAD:  The National Assembly Standing Committee on Finance has approved the Private Member’s Bill for passage which demands to conduct census after every 10 years and ensures representation of all provinces in the governing body responsible for it.

The Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization in its meeting presided over by its Chairman MNA Qaiser Ahmed Sheikh has given its approval for passage of the General Statistics (Reorganization) (Amendment) Bill, 2016 from the lower house.

The Private Member’s Bill seeks amendments in various sections of the General Statistics (Reorganization) Act, 2011 which was introduced by QWP lawmaker Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao during 11th sitting of the assembly’s 34th session on August 15, 2016. The House referred the bill to the standing committee for further deliberation on same day as it was not opposed by the treasury.

The statement of objectives and reasons of the amendment bill reads that it has been eighteen years since a population census was held in Pakistan and there is a need to set a maximum time frame of ten years in which a census must be held in the country to avoid such situations.

With the rights of the Provinces being dependent upon an accurate and timely census being held, there is also a need to give the Provinces representation in the Governing Council of the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics.

The mover of the bill maintained that that in Pakistan only five population censuses had been carried out since 1947 while the last census was carried out 18 years ago in 1998. There is a need to amend the existing law so that all provinces would get their representation in census board that would be responsible to conduct the census after every 10 years.

The meeting was attended by number of government officials including the Chairman Federal Board of Revenue, Director General, Intelligence & Investigation and the Governor State Bank of Pakistan (SBP).

Over the absence of Finance Minister in the meeting, the Chairman expressed his concerns and said he should be in the meeting during discussion on such an important issue.

The committee also discussed the matters of Panama leaks, the income Tax (Amendment) Bill, 2016 and excessive regulatory duty on import of steel wire rod that appeared on its agenda.

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