Pakistan

Population census to be conducted in March 2016

ISLAMABAD: The Council of Common Interests (CCI) has approved holding population census in March 2016, ARY News reported Wednesday.

The meeting, presided over by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, also decided to hold house count in parallel to population census in March 2016. Minister Finance Ishaq Dar informed the meeting that the census would cost Rs 13 billion rupees.

It was also agreed in a meeting that assistance of armed forces will also be sought for the census exercise.

Pakistan has not conducted a population survey since the last census was carried out in 1998. Many believe that census conducted in 1998 is only disputed but stands outdated after 15 years because the population has increased at a rate of 2.3 per cent per annum.

The meeting also approved amendment in Power Policies of 2009 and 2012 and raised objection on power generation 2015.

The meeting was informed that proceedings on Pakistan Energy Efficiency and Energy Conservation Bill 2014 have been completed and soon it would be presented in parliament.

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