Chief Secretary Uqaili chairs meeting to review census undercounting issue


QUETTA (6 AM Report): The Chief Secretary of Balochistan, Abdul Aziz Uqaili, held an important meeting on Tuesday in Quetta’s Civil Secretariat to discuss the reasons for undercounting the population of Quetta in the house census and population census, as well as potential solutions to the issue.
The meeting was attended by a representative delegation of All Parties Conference District Quetta, Provincial Ameer of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam, and Ameer of Quetta District, Maulana Abdul Rahman Rafiq, Central Executive Committee of Balochistan National Party (BNP-M), President of Quetta District Ghulam Nabi Marri, Provincial Joint Secretary of Pashtunkhwa Mili Awami Party (PkMAP), Hazrat Umar Achakzai, Jamiat Ulema Islam Provincial Joint Secretary Maulana Khurshid Ahmed, District General Secretary Haji Bashir Ahmed Kakar, BNP District Councilor Nasir Baloch, Advocate Commissioner Quetta Division Sohailur Rehman, Commissioner Statistics Department Noor Ahmad Pirkani, Deputy Commissioner Quetta Shahak Baloch, and others.
During the meeting, the attendees discussed the measures taken so far for the house census and the identification of obstacles and shortcomings and their solutions. They expressed concerns about the undercounting of the population in Quetta and discussed potential solutions to address this issue.
The attendees agreed that the people of Quetta had shown extreme carelessness and a lack of interest in this national duty, but also recognized that the government and political parties had not conducted an adequate awareness campaign to encourage participation in the census.
The participants emphasized the importance of increasing awareness among the people of Quetta about their national duty to participate in the census.
They noted that the recent census had resulted in millions of people in Quetta being deprived of this national duty, which would lead to fewer resources being allocated to the city on a population basis.
The attendees urged the people of Quetta to take advantage of the recent extension to participate in the census day and night. They also strongly demanded that the census period be extended by one month immediately after the Eid holidays to ensure that as many people as possible can participate and prevent the consequences of undercounting from being borne by the people of Quetta for a long time.

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