The sixth population census slated to be held next month will face further delay due to the coronavirus pandemic and complexity related to the project’s tablet PC purchase, Planning Minister MA Mannan said on Tuesday.
The week-long Population and Housing Census 2021 was originally planned for January 02-08 this year, but the pandemic delayed it by nine months.
“Carrying out population census is the main task of Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS), but it can not be held on scheduled time,” MA Mannan informed at a BBS seminar on ‘Overall Architecture of Digital Census 2021.’
BBS holds a population census every 10 years. The previous census was held in 2011. The new census is essential for some more precise future development planning of the country.
“The coronavirus pandemic has wasted much time. The census is not being held in October as it is going to face more delays. I’ll convey the message to the Prime Minister and seek her direction about this,” he added.
However, the minister did not disclose a new schedule for the census. But he hoped that they would be able to hold nearly a flawless census in the end.
Citing hectic process in collecting information going door to door and project procurement and tendering, he said in future they would try to put an end to this system and introduce a digital system instead.