Sixth national census began in 13 districts of KP, Orakzai

* Heavy security arrangements made to avoid any untoward incident

Sixth national census began in 13 districts of KP, Orakzai

PESHAWAR: The sixth national population and housing census began in 13 districts of Khyber Pakthunkhwa and Orakzi Agency after 19 years long period amid tight security arrangements by the law enforcement agencies on Wednesday.

Ali Zaman Private Secretary in Provincial Census Headquarters said that 6th national population and housing census started Wednesday morning in 13 selected districts of Khyber Pakthunkhwa and lone Orakzai Agency of FATA that would continue till April 13, 2017.

The official said the census was started 8:00 AM and was continued till 4:00 PM without any break. One enumerator along with security personnel would enlist names of houses, shops, persons, ages, married, unmarried persons, education and gender in two different forms in their specified blocks in urban and rural areas and would submit it to the concerned authorities soon after completion.

The 13 KP districts where census began today are Peshawar, Mardan, Swabi, Charsadda, Nowshera, Lakki Marwat, DI Khan, Hangu, Abbottabad, Haripur, Mansehra, Batagram, Torghar and Orakzai Agency.

He added over 13,000 staff including teachers, enumerators and other officials of various national building departments had been trained from February 7-28, 2017 for performance of this national obligation. All census related items including vehicles, utensils/registration forms had been dispatched to the divisional and district officers to make the campaign a successful, he said. Funds to Deputy Commissioners of the selected districts have been provided for smooth holding of the census, he added.

The second phase will commence from April 25 and would continue till May 24, 2017. In the second phase, census would be held in 12 KP districts including Bannu, Kohat, Karak, Tank, Malakand, Upper Dir, Lower Dir, Chitral, Swat, Kohistan, Buner, Shangla and six tribal agencies namely Mohmand Agency, Khyber Agency, Kurram Agency, Bajaur Agency, South Wazir Agency and North Waziristan Agency.

He said that in case of wrong information or non-cooperation by any individual, he said, the accused would face six months imprisonment and Rs 50,000 fine. He appealed masses to cooperate with census staff and enlist themselves for their own interest as the government would provide services to them on the basis of 6th national census in future.

Tight security arrangements have been made for the security of the census team and each team was comprised of five person including two army personnel, one teachers two police. However in some areas police were also replaced with FC personnel.