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Govt to ensure gender equality in all walks of life: Tareen

ISLAMABAD: The government has ensured gender equality in all walks of life to allow women to play their role in socio-economic development of the society and to stand shoulder to shoulder with men to bring prosperity in the country.

Adviser to the Prime Minister on Finance, Revenues and Economic Affairs, Shaukat Tareen stated this on Thursday while inaugurating the first meeting of the Census Advisory Committee of the 6th Population and Housing Census here at the National Library Auditorium.

Secretary Statistics Division, Tariq Shafiq Khan and Chief Census Commissioner, Khizar Hayat Khan also spoke on the occasion.Shaukat Tarin urged the Population Census Organisation to provide detailed and credible data on women.

In this regard, he said it should be difficult for our women, especially in rural areas, to answer certain questions to male enumerators related to fertility, mortality, education and economic activity, which make it necessary to take this reality into account whilst planning the field enumeration activities.

He strongly recommended that deployment of women as field enumeration staff would be imperative to improve quality of women data on all aspects.

Tarin pointed out: ìThe population and housing data plays an essential role in public administration. The results of a census are used as a critical reference to ensure equity in distribution of resources, government services and political representation.î

He said the census data is also used in development planning in education, health services, delineating electoral units at the national and local levels and measuring the impact of industrial development.

ìEstablishing a public consensus on priorities would be almost impossible to achieve if it were not built on census counts. A wide range of other users, including the corporate sector, academia, civil society and individuals make use of census outputs,î he added.

The advisor to PM urged the Population Census Organization (PCO) to add household income to their agenda as well as this would help us to make necessary interventions as and when necessary.

Shaukat Tarin said there is a great need to manifest the necessity of accurate census information amongst the people living coast to coast from the smallest village to the largest city for national economic development.
Source: The News