Bangladeshi expats to be counted for first time in history
Published: 11:29 AM, 23 August 2020 Updated: 09:20 PM, 23 August 2020
The government has planned to count all Bangladeshi nationals, who have scattered around the world, in the sixth Population and Housing Census 2021. It will also include Bangladeshi nationals residing abroad and foreigners living in Bangladesh.
A total of five censuses have been conducted in Bangladesh since 1974. However, the expatriate Bangladeshis have always been out of this calculation. Now, the government wants an end to the controversy in the sixth census project. The full list will be made before the original count in the census. You can also take part in it through apps.
In this regard, Population and Housing Census project director Zahidul Hoque Sardar said that this years' census project will have an ultra-modern supervision system. Counting on paper and pen may no longer happen. If someone tries to cheat, it can be caught through tracking.
According to the concerned sources, the government wants to ensure transparency in the expenditure of the project worth Tk 1800 crore and accurate calculation results. Because experts are focusing on credible figures for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and implementing the Eighth Five-Year Plan.
The project was approved by Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) in October 2019. Enumerators of the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS) will conduct the main census from January 2 to January 8 in 2021.
Prof Dr Lutfar Rahman, Chairman of Department of Statistics of Dhaka University, said that skilled manpower is needed for supervision and data collection as the implementation of SDG will also come through this.
It has been noted that according to the fifth census conducted in 2011, the number of population was 14,40,43,697 in the country.