January 13, 2021: The Council of Common Interest (CCI) has approved to conduct of the 7th Population and Housing Census and the establishment of the “Census Monitoring Committee,” said a press release issued on Thursday.
This committee will be chaired by Deputy Chairman Planning Commission, all Provincial Chief Secretaries, Chairman NADRA, Chief Commissioner ICT and other senior officials. The Committee will oversee and monitor census activities to ensure expeditious, transparent and credible census operations.
As per recommendations of the Census Advisory Committee, CCI decided to conduct the 7th Census adopting international best practices, using digital technology and a GIS monitoring system. It was apprised that Housing Census would be conducted before the Population Census. The Prime Minister emphasized that Government wants to have credible census data that can be used for initiating policies and projects for the welfare of citizens.
Prime Minister Imran Khan chaired the 49th meeting of CCI and said that the federal government is fully committed to resolving national issues in consultation with all federating units and stakeholders.
The frequency of CCI meetings can be increased as per demands of the provinces, he added. Meanwhile, he also congratulated CCI members on the establishment of CCI’s permanent secretariat and stated that it manifests a collaborative spirit between the Federal and Provincial governments.
The meeting approved the Annual Report of CCI for FY 2020-21. It was informed that a total of 6 meetings were conducted during FY 2020-21 during which 21 agenda items were considered with 13 decisions implemented and 06 decisions under process. While discussing the implementation status of previous decisions, the CCI was informed that an independent CCI Secretariat has been established with a budget of Rs110.928 million.
An independent Secretariat will facilitate effective coordination between the Federal and Provincial governments.
The CCI also decided that additional water requirements for Karachi would be discussed by the committee formed to reconcile views of the provinces at the political and technical levels and issues related to water.