Sixth population census formally launched by AJK President

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Muzaffarabad: The sixth population census in Azad Kashmir was launched here today by registering data of the President of AJK, Sardar Masood Khan, and his family.
The registration was conducted under the supervision of the Census Commissioner, Raja Tariq Mehmood, whose organization will complete census for Azad Kashmir in March-April 2017.
Speaking to the media, Sardar Masood Khan said that this is an important moment for Azad Kashmir as the latest census would help identify benchmark data on population size, geographical distribution and demographic characteristics of the population in all the ten districts. He said that such data is important for ascertaining living standards for socio-economic development planning, delimiting constituencies and determining share in federal taxes.
Sardar Masood Khan thanked the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, for taking this timely decision to conduct the census. In this regard he also commended the Population Census Organization for making thorough preparations and imparting the requisite training to the personal who would conduct census.
The President of AJK said: “As Azad Kashmir embarks on ambitious plans for social and economic development, we need a data revolution. Collection and collation of population data, and disaggregated information about gender, literacy, income, employment and businesses would enable us to plan better and to ensure delivery on the key economic targets.”
Sardar Masood Khan said that this census is imperative for sustainable development, including elimination of poverty, universal access to health facilities, education and environmental protection, especially at a time when the AJK territory is being linked up with the China-243143Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). It would, he said, also enable us to develop better matrices for human development measureable by international standards.
“This is a collaborative effort of the civil and military authorities which would ensure collection of authentic data in an environment of security”, the President said while appreciating the leadership being provided by Census Commissioner Raja Tariq Mehmood to this endeavor, which is being supported by the entire administrative machinery of the Azad Government.

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