ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Finance Ishaq Dar on Saturday reviewed the progress on change of ‘base year’ in the first meeting of the newly-restructured governing council of Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS).
The government has decided to change the base year for computation of price indices to 2015-16.
The minister inquired about the updates regarding change of base year for GDP estimation, PBS Chief Statistician Asif Bajwa briefed the meeting on the sampling frame for urban and rural areas of the country for conducting sample surveys and censuses.
Regarding population census, it was decided that the issue be referred to Council of Common Interests (CCI) for a final decision on the matter.
The meeting was informed that the PBS had been conducting Pakistan Social and Living Standards Measurement (PSLM) survey under different names as a development project and providing data on various key areas which is going to end on June 30. Nine rounds of the survey have been conducted, so far.
PSLM collects data on household income and expenditure which is used for computation of poverty indicators. It also provides data on eight millennium development goals, 16 targets and 37 indicators.
The minister directed the secretary to discuss the issue with the departments concerned to find a way for its continuation, whereas the project staff could be adjusted accordingly after fulfilling the regularisation procedure.
The meeting was also briefed about the digitisation of manual maps for their use in different censuses / surveys.
The meeting was informed that the entire urban area, comprising 48,052 enumeration blocks, has already been updated from PBS resources, whereas updation of rural area frame is being planned, for which a PC-1, amounting to Rs306 million, has been submitted to the Planning Division for approval.
The PBS initiated updating work in rural areas with the financial support of UNFPA and has updated 8,718 enumeration blocks so far.