Govt. seeks to amend Census OrdinanceMarch 8, 2011, 9:36 pm
The government is seeking to revise the Census Ordinance in a bid to authorize District Secretaries to function as ‘Commissioners of Census.’
The government on Tuesday (8) presented a Bill titled Census (Amendment) Act to amend the Census Ordinance giving additional powers to District Secretaries, in addition to the powers, duties and functions performed by them to facilitate the proposed national census this year.
The Bill also proposed amendments to Clauses 2, 3 and 4 of the Census Ordinance to increase the fines imposed on those who violated the above mentioned sections of the original Ordinance from Rs. 10,000 to 50,000 rupees.
The amendment says "Every District Secretary, shall in addition to the powers, duties, and functions exercised, performed or discharged by him within the Administrative District in respect of which he is appointed, be appointed as the Commissioner of Census in respect of such district provided that the Minister may, where it appear that it is not practicable to appoint the District Secretary as Commissioner of Census, appoint any other persons as Commissioner of Census for such Administrative District or part thereof, as the case may be." (SI)
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