Bangladesh population

Bangladesh to start first digital population census at 12 p.m. Wednesday

Authorities will collect information on 365,697 devices over seven days and request 35 pieces of information from every citizen in the country.

Director of the 2022 Population and Housing Census Project, Dilder Hossain, said on Tuesday that the floating people survey will be conducted in 20,000 locations and end at 6 a.m. Wednesday.

The main phase of the sixth population census will then begin at 8 a.m. and will continue until June 21.

The census will be carried out by no less than 63,548 supervisors, 3,779 IT supervisors, 3,779 area officers, 163 district census coordinators and 12 division census coordinators.

The fifth census was carried out in 2011 and the one planned for 2021 was delayed by the pandemic.

Internet on the tabs used for data collection will be provided by mobile network operator Robi. Each questionnaire entry of a numerator will be automatically submitted to the database and then to the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics or BBS data center.

The census will include family members living abroad to estimate the exact number of expatriates, as well as foreigners living in Bangladesh.

In this census, enumerators will count the households and people living in each house separately, as well as the types of houses, their ownership, sources of drinking water, sanitation facilities, electricity connection, sources of cooking fuels and socio-economic information, among others.

Dilder called on everyone to help the project and assured that all information will be kept confidential.


The day before the occasion, President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina sent messages wishing the census a success.

In his message, Hamid said, “I welcome the initiative of the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics to conduct a nationwide digital census and data collection program from June 15 to 21, 2022.”

“The computer-assisted personal interview (CAPI) method of data collection during the census and the use of digital technology in data collection activities will require less time for data collection and processing,” said added the president.

Hasina said: “The greatest Bengali of all time and father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman had realized the essential importance of statistics in formulating a proper plan for the reconstruction of war-torn Bangladesh and the follow-up development and future progress of the country.”

The Statistics Division was established under the Ministry of Planning in 1975 to coordinate all activities of the BBS, now known as the Department of Statistics and Information Management, he said. she adds.

The Prime Minister said the Awami League-led government is committed to collecting and publishing acceptable and standard statistics to make pragmatic decisions and plans in all areas.

“Therefore, I strongly urge the people of the country to provide all kinds of assistance to census-related workers by providing appropriate information and carrying out data collection activities,” Hasina added.