KARACHI - In a positive response to the complaints raised by nationalist parties and civil society, the Sindh government on Saturday decided to approach the federal government to extend period of house counting and population census up to ten days. The Sindh government also decided to write the federal government about the alleged irregularities in house counting, first phase of census, in urban centres of province, suggesting steps to ensure transparency in the census process. A high-level meeting chaired by Sindh Chief Secretary Abdus Subhan Memon and attended by provincial census commissioner and joint census commissioner at the Chief Ministers House, which also agreed that it was imperative to extend the deadline for census, so that census could be completed in the province in an effective and transparent manner. The chief secretary informed the meeting that recommendations would be submitted to the Chief Minister Sindh to approach the federal government to extend the period of census, adding that the whole process of census was being monitored and complaints were being addressed. He added that provincial government was striving to complete the house counting by 19th April and for this purpose, a strategy has been chalked out under which, the extra census staff would be deployed in those areas where house counting has not been completed. He made it clear that no pressure or hindrance would be tolerated in census process. The chief secretary admitted that in certain districts, the census process was delayed and instructions have been issued to the concerned staff to expedite the census work. Meanwhile, Provincial Census Commissioner, Noor Mohammed Leghari informed the meeting that several teams have been established to address the complaints, besides he was also personally paying visits of different areas to ensure transparency in house counting process. He further said that complaints have been received from certain areas of Karachi where 'fake forms have been distributed, however, census commissionrate have taken action against the reported irregularities in this regard. Census Commissioner pointed out that these fake forms have been rejected as census staff has been redeployed in those areas to complete the house counting. According to officials, the meeting was informed that reports of over-reporting have also been received in certain localities and the efforts were being taken to redress the same. The meeting was informed that 90pc census work has been completed in Badin district. IG Sindh Fayaz Leghari, secretary home Muhammad Riazuddin, secretary land utilization Asadullah Dharejo and others participated in the meeting. After scrutiny of nominations papers of Dr Asim Hussan in election commission office, the Chief Minister of Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah while talking to media persons said that it was not possible to count 'millions of houses within next few days as deadline ended on 19th April. The Chief Executive of province said that government has received many complaints that undetermined number of houses remained unaccounted in the province, so provincial government has decided to request the federal government to extend the period of census for at least ten days.