Govt ensures gender equality

ISLAMABAD: Census data is an important tool used in development planning in education, health services, delineating electoral units at the national and local levels, measuring the impact of industrial development. This was stated by Advisor to the Prime Minister on Finance, Revenues and Economic Affairs Shaukat Tarin while inaugurating the first meeting of the Census Advisory Committee of the 6th Population and Housing Census here.

He said that the government has ensured gender equality in all walks of life to allow women to play their role in socio-economic development of the society and to stand shoulder to shoulder with men to bring prosperity in the country. Shaukat Tarin urged the Population Census Organization to provide detailed and credible data on women.

In this regard, he said it should be difficult for our women especially in rural areas to answer certain questions to male enumerators related to fertility, mortality, education and economic activity which make it necessary to take this reality into account whilst planning the field enumeration activities.

He strongly recommended that deployment of women as field enumeration staff would be imperative to improve quality of women data on all aspects. The Advisor to the Prime Minister on Finance said that the Population and Housing data as it plays an essential role in public administration.

“The results of a census are used as a critical reference to ensure equity in distribution of resources, government services and political representation”, he remarked. Establishing a public consensus on priorities would be almost impossible to achieve if it were not built on census counts.

A wide range of other users including the corporate sector, academia, civil society and individuals make use of census outputs”, he added. He urged the Population Census Organization (PCO) to add household income to their agenda as well as this would help us to make necessary interventions as and when necessary.

Shaukat Tarin said that there is a great need to manifest the necessity of accurate census information amongst the people living coast to coast from the smallest village to the largest city for national economic development. By this way, he said people can be apprised of characteristics and utility of the census, specially such campaign is essential for rural areas so that they could share their role in the process of national development.-SANA

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