Fifth Population Census to be unveiled

DHAKA, July 15 (BSS)

President Zillur Rahman will unveil the final report of the 5th ‘Population Census and Household Counting-2011’ tomorrow one year after publication of its preliminary census report.

President Rahman will unveil the report by clicking the BBS website from Bangabhaban at 12.30 pm tomorrow, Bangabhaban official sources told BSS today.

During unveiling the report, the President would make conversation through video conferencing to district deputy commissioners as they are the heads of district population census committees.

Earlier on July 16 last year, the Planning Ministry had published the preliminary report of the census, conducted on
March in the same year, finding that the country’s population reached 14.23 crore (142.3 million) as it grew by 1.34 percent in the past 10 years. 

As per the preliminary report, 71,255,000 of the population are men and 71,064,000 women. 

After publishing the preliminary report, the planning ministry had sent the raw data of the census to the Bangladesh
Institute of Development Studies (BIDS) for further scrutiny and correction of possible minor errors ahead of its final release.

Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS) has prepared the final report with the help of US Census Bureau in a shortest possible time using modern ICR technology, official sources said.

The report contains the country’s total population, numbers of males and females, numbers of total households and families and also rate of population growth.

The BBS conducted the five-day census from March 15-19 in 2011 starting it by enumerating President Zillur Rahman at 12:01 am while Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at 9:30 am.

The floating people at the bus terminals, railway stations, launch ghats and footpaths across the country were brought under enumeration from zero hours of March 15 to 6:00 am following the modified Defacto method. This was used as reference night.

This was the 5th census in the country after the last census held in 2001. The population census is carried out every ten
years.

Bangladesh has a long history of census. The first one was conducted in this territory in 1872. After independence, four Population and Housing Censuses were held in 1974, 1981, 1991 and 2001.

The country’s population was 7,63,98,000 in 1974, the number was 8,99,12,000 in 1981, it was 11,14,55,185 in 1991 while the population rose to 13,05,22,598 in 2001.

For conducting the census, the country was divided into 130 census districts where a census coordinator supervised the
activities of each of the census district consisting of 20-22 zones.

Some 2,700 zonal coordinators supervised the respective zonal activities while the entire country was divided into
310,000 enumeration areas, with some 310,000 enumerators and 57,000 supervisors.

Digital enumeration map and computerized geo-coding system was used to process the collected data in the shortest possible time.