Centre seeks CCI nod on 7th Population and Housing Census 2022

Islamabad – The Federal Government will today (Thursday) seek nod of the Council of Common Interests (CCI) for recommendations regarding 7th Population and Housing Census 2022.

The Ministry of Planning, Development and Special Initiatives has already finalised questionnaire of the 7th Population and Housing Census 2022 and summary of the execution along with work plan has been sent to CCI for approval, official source told The Nation. The CCI meeting to be chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan will consider the summary on Census.

The Federal Cabinet, on 5th October 2021, had approved recommendations of the Census Advisory Committee for forwarding it to the CCI.

In the third review meeting on the 7th Population & Housing Census 2022, Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar had directed Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) to involve all stakeholders in all processes.

This is the first-ever Digital Census of the country and PBS is collaborating with different national organisations like National Telecommunication Communication (NTC), NADRA, SUPARCO NRTC in this regard. All major preparatory activities related to Census will be completed by end of March 2022.

Planning Commission will also brief CCI on implementation status of Kazi Committee Methodology for calculation of Net Hydel Profit

The Planning Commission will also brief CCI on implementation status of Kazi Committee Methodology (KCM) for calculation of Net Hydel Profit (NHP). The Khyber Pakhtunkwa government is demanding its share in Net Hydel Profit on the basis of AGN Kazi Committee formula.

In 1985, the federal government constituted a committee to formulate rules for the payment of net hydel profit to provinces. The committee was headed by the then Deputy Chairman Planning Commission AGN Kazi.

As per the KP government estimate the implementation of the AGN Kazi formula will increase the province’s annual share of net hydel profit from the existing around Rs21 billion to approximately Rs200 billion by the year 2023.

In the past 16 years, the Federal government and KP government had twice reached interim arrangements for payment of NHP to the provincial government. First in 2005, an arbitration tribunal had agreed to payment of Rs 110b NHP arrears to KP. Then in 2016, the federal government and KP had reached an interim agreement for uncapping the NHP from Rs 6b annually to Rs 18b with 5pc increase. 

The CCI will also consider the implementation status of the allocation of 1200 cusecs (650.5MGD) additional water for Karachi K-IV water project.

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