First Release from the Second Population Census of Pakistan, 1961

Karol J. Krotki


The field enumeration for the purposes of the Second
Population Census of Pakistan was completed at dawn of February 1, 1961.
The first Bulletin with provisional results is dated 27 days later1. The
less than five weeks in the case of Pakistan compare with about four
weeks in the case of the latest Census of India 2, and just over six
weeks in the case of United Kingdom3. Such figures are seldom directly
comparable, but the least that can be said is that Pakistan is in the
first league. With such standards of performance as to speed already
reached, the need now is to concentrate on increasing the extent of
information provided, ensuring greater comparability, providing some
preliminary analysis and elucidation and finally eliminating clerical
mistakes through more checking. The swift results in Pakistan in the
prevailing communication and literacy circumstances suggest that the
work was well planned and must have been carried out by an exceedingly
efficient organisation.

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