6th Population and Housing Census from December 24 to 30: Planning Minister
The government has planned to conduct the sixth population and housing census from December 24 to 30, Planning Minister MA Mannan told the parliament today.
In a scripted answer, the minister also said the population and housing census will be conducted digitally.
The census, which is conducted once a decade, provides complete data on the overall population, its composition, workforce, density, housing and other socio-economic indicators vital for formulating economic and other policies.
The last census was conducted in 2011 when the country's population stood at 15.17 crore, with the population growing at 1.37 percent per annum.
Currently, the estimated population is 16.8 crore, according to the Bangladesh Economic Review 2021.
In Bangladesh, the first population census was conducted in 1974. Subsequently, the population and housing censuses were held in 1981, 1991, 2001, and 2011.
In October 2019, the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) approved a Tk 1,761 crore project for the population and housing census.
However, the BBS could not hold the census as per the schedule due to the coronavirus pandemic. In January 2021, it pushed back the date to October 25-31.