First-ever digital census will be finished by NADRA by August 3

As of July 20, 429 census blocks in 83 tehsils in four provinces—Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistan, and Punjab—began the digital census’ pilot phase.

Speaking at a meeting of the Second Census Monitoring Committee on Tuesday that was presided over by Federal Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal, NADRA Chairman Tariq Malik said, “Developing digital solution for digital census using modern agile methodology in just three-week time was indeed an uphill task.”

“Considering it a call of duty, our software developers pushed their fingers to the bone from dawn to sunset and successfully built the comprehensive solution within the constrained period,” the NADRA chairman stated. Accurate census data are crucial for the democracy and economic destiny of the nation.

Malik provided an update on the status of the pilot phase of the ongoing digital census, noting that 59,569 structures, 58,882 homes, and 74,536 people have been counted as of this point.

He claimed that NADRA was also expanding its data centre services to the PBS in order to create a centralised repository for census data and digital images. “In addition, a customised online portal and call centre services have been built. In the event that they are not available during the census, the general public can register using a self-enumeration tool on a user-friendly web-based site.

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