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The General Statistics (Reorganization) Act, 2011
ACT XIV OF 2011
An Act to provide for reorganization of
statistical system in
WHEREASE it is expedient to provide for reorganization of statistical system in Pakistan through the merger of certain organizations and to provide for establishment of the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics for producing reliable, authentic, timely and transparent data compatible with the needs of the economy and socio-economic development requirements of the nations and for matters connected therewith and incidental thereto;
It is hereby enacted as follows:---
1. Short title, extent and commencement.____(1) This Act may be called the General Statistics (Reorganization) Act, 2011.
(2)It extends. to the whole of
(3) It shall come into force at once.
2. Definitions.___In this Act, unless there is anything repugnant in the subject or context,---
(a) “appropriate Government” means,---
relation to the Federal Statistical Authority or any matter relating to the
collection and compilation of statistics for whole of
(ii) in relation to a Provincial Statistical Authority or any matter relating to the collection and compilation of statistics for a Province or a part thereof, the Provincial Government;
(b) “Bureau” means the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics established under section 3;
(c) “census” means population and housing census under section 31, agriculture census under section 37 and other censuses under section 39;
(d) “census officer” means any person appointed under section 32;
(e) “Chairman’ means the Chairman of the Governing Council appointed under section 6;
(f) “Chief Statistician” means the Chief Statistician of the Bureau appointed under section 14;
(g) “company” means any legal entity registered as such under the Companies Ordinance 1984 (XLVII of 1984), including association of persons, registered partnership, corporation, statutory body, trust, society or any other legal entity;
(h) “competent authority” means an authority or officer appointed as such by an appropriate Government under section 21;
(i) “functional member” means a professional appointed under section 18;
(j) “Governing Council” means the Council constituted under section 6;
(k) “house” includes a building, tent, vessel or abode used as human dwelling;
(l) “Institute” means the Statistics Training and Research Institute;
(m) “local council” means a local council constituted under any law relating to local government and includes a Cantonment Board constituted under the Cantonments Act, 1924 (II of 1924);
(n) “member” means a member of the Governing Council;
(o) “prescribed” means prescribed by rules and regulations made under this Act;
(p) “Provincial Census Commissioner” means a person or authority appointed by the Federal Government to conduct and supervise the census in a Province;
(q) “regulations” means the regulations made under this Act;
(r) “rules” means the rules made under this Act;
(s) “statistical agent” means any agency, authority or officer appointed for, or engaged in, the collection of statistics under section 22;
(t) “Statistical Authority” means the Federal Statistical Authority or a Provincial Statistical Authority appointed under section 19;
(u) “Statistics Fund” means the fund established under section 40; and
(v) “Users Council” means the National Users Council and Provincial Users Councils constituted under section 12.
3. Establishment of
(2) On the establishment of the Bureau, all assets, rights, powers, authorities and privileges and all movable and immovable property, cash and bank balances, investments and all other interests and rights in, or arising out of, such property and all debts liabilities and obligations of the Federal Bureau of Statistics, the Agricultural Census Organization arid Population Census Organization shall vest in the Bureau.
head office of the Bureau shall be at
(4) The Federal Government shall provide grant-in-aid (annual or supplementary) for pay allowances, pension and other employees-related expenses, etc., as admissible to the civil servants, from time to time, for the staff of Bureau including that of Federal Bureau of Statistics, Population Census Organization, Agricultural Census Organization and Technical Wing of Statistics Division and operation of the Bureau , including funds needed for conduct of different departmental censuses, surveys, studies, development projects, training of staff, purchase of durable goods, construction of office buildings and operating expenses etc.
(5) The design of all censuses, surveys or statistical studies proposed to be undertaken by the Federal Government or any organization of Federal Government shall be finalized in consultation with the Bureau.
4. Powers and functions of the Bureau,___(1) The Bureau shall have all such powers as may be necessary to perform its duties and functions under this Act. These powers shall be exercised by the Chief Statistician on behalf of the Bureau.
(2) Without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing provision, the Bureau shall exercise and perform the following powers and functions, namely:---
(a) to collect, compile, analyze, abstract, publish, market and disseminate statistical information relating to the commerce and trade, industrial, financial, social, economic, demographic, agriculture and any other area to be specified by the Federal Government and conditions of the people of Pakistan and to foster the evolution of product lines in response to pressing needs of society; ‘
(b) to plan, execute and publish the census of population and housing of Pakistan, the census of agriculture of Pakistan or other censuses at national level as required from time to time;
(c) to facilitate
policymaking by undertaking overall planning, coordination and annual
programming of surveys and censuses in
(d) to develop programmes for national censuses and surveys in line with policy priorities and plan, coordinate; execute and publish them accordingly;
(e) to advise the Federal Government on the budget and development plan’s of the Bureau, based on annual work plans;
(f) to formulate,
prescribe and implement principles for conducting official statistics in
(g) to draw up schemes to reduce duplication in the formulation and execution of statistical programmes and to resolve differences in that respect;
(h) to regulate
statistical activities of national interest and as appropriate to provide
overall coordination, professional monitoring, evaluation and review of
statistics work in
(i) to act as a resource base for providing expertise, statistical data including but not limited to, economic, commercial, business and industrial areas and to provide, arrange and facilitate support services in this regard both nationally and internationally;
(j) to engage in human resource development of its officers and staff, including revision in pay structure, allowances and facilities and formulate career structures as shall be prescribed by regulations;
(k) to promote education and research in the field of statistics;
(l) to coordinate, monitor, implement or engage, in conjunction with other authorities, international organizations, in any study or cooperation project or foreign aided technical assistance projects in the statistical field;
(m) to strive and endeavour to ensure that collection of statistical data to be in accordance with practices and standards of the United Nations and other international bodies for the purpose of fulfilling the international obligations of Pakistan in the field of statistics;
(n) to propose and recommend to the appropriate Government new laws or amendments in existing laws for’ the purposes of achieving the objectives of this Act;
(o) to do all other acts, deeds and things incidental to or ancillary for the purposes of achieving the objectives of this Act and undertake any other work in relation to collection or compilation of data in accordance with directions of the Federal Government; and
(p) to supervise the functioning of the Institute.
GOVERNING COUNCIL AND USERS COUNCIL
5. Over all superintendence etc., of the Bureau to vest in the Governing Council.___The powers and functions of the Bureau and the general and over all direction, management, control and superintendence of the affairs of the Bureau shall vest in the Governing Council and all actions, decisions, guidelines, directions, orders and policies made or issued by the Governing Council in the exercise of the said powers and functions shall be sent to the Bureau for compliance and implementation.
6. Composition of the Governing Council.____(l) The Federal Government shall constitute the Governing Council consisting of at least seven members.
(2) The Federal Government may also increase or decrease the number of members of the Governing Council and prescribe the qualifications and mode of appointment of such members in such manner as Government may prescribe.
(3) of the members,---
(a) the following shall be ex-officio members,---
(i) Minister for Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs and Statistics or in his absence the Advisor to the Prime Minister on Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs and Statistics who shall be the ex-officio Chairman of the Governing Council;
(ii) Secretary, Statistics Division;
(iii) Chief Statistician of the Bureau; and
(b) four members shall be appointed by the Federal Government from private sector who shall be eminent professionals of known integrity and competence.
(4) he Chief Statistician of the Bureau shall act as Secretary of the Governing Council.
7. Tenure of office.___A member, other than an ex-officio member, shall hold office during the pleasure of the Federal Government for a term of three years and if not earlier resigned or removed, shall be eligible for reappointment for one additional term not exceeding three years.
8. Powers and functions of the Governing Council.___Without prejudice to the provisions of section 5, the Governing Council shall,---
(a) be responsible for setting of objectives and policy guidelines of the Bureau in accordance with the powers and functions provided in section 4;
(b) provide guidance and oversee the management and administrative affairs of the Bureau;
(c) review and approve policies and annual work plans relating to the aims and objectives of the Bureau and prioritize programmes;
(d) formulate procedures for allocation and utilization of funds generated or acquired through services, donations or grants, etc;
(e) approve the annual financial budget of the Bureau and recommend to the Federal Government;
(f) approve and make regulations on behalf of the Bureau subject to the provisions of section 62;
(g) review the performance of committees constituted under section 11; and
(h) do or perform such other acts, deeds and things as may be necessary and incidental thereto.
(2) The meetings of the Governing Council may be convened by the Chairman or on request of any two members.
(3) The meetings shall be presided over by the Chairman or, in his absence, by any other member as the Governing Council may determine.
(4) Three members shall constitute a quorum for a meeting of the Governing Council.
(5) The decision of the Governing Council shall be taken by the majority of its members present and in case of equality of votes, the person presiding the meeting shall have a casting vote.
(6) Subject to the provisions of this Act, the procedure and conduct of business of the Governing Council shall be regulated by the regulations made by the Governing Council with the approval of the Federal Government.
(7) A member of the Council may resign from his office by writing under his hand addressed to the Federal Government or may be removed by the Federal Government from his office if, on an inquiry by the Federal Government, he is found unable to perform the functions of his office because of mental or physical disability or misconduct.
(8) The Governing Council shall prepare and publish an annual report covering its activities carried out during the financial year for submission to the Federal Government which shall lay the same before the Parliament.
10. Supplementary provisions.All guidelines, decisions and directives of the Governing Council or the Bureau shall be in writing expressed by resolutions, orders or in such other form as may be appropriate in the circumstances and shall be authenticated in the manner prescribed by the regulations,
11. Committees.(1) The Governing Council may constitute the management committee comprising of the Chief Statistician, functional members of the Bureau and any such member(s) as the Council may consider appropriate, to carry out the day-to-day business of the Bureau and to ensure the performance against work .plan and goals of the Bureau.
(2) The Governing Council may, for the purpose of obtaining advice and carry out any function or assignment under this Act, constitute committees consisting of suitable person or persons as members, as it may deem fit.
Users Councils.(1) For the whole of
(2) The Chairperson and members of the Users Council shall hold office during the pleasure of, and on such terms and conditions, as may be determined by the relevant appointing authority specified in subsection (1).
(3) The Users Council shall regulate its own procedures.
(a) to coordinate the policy forum and the functions of the Statistical Authorities and competent authorities and to advise them as to the ways and means of achieving efficient, adequate and prompt results;
(b) to advise on priorities for filling gaps in statistical data and, for that purpose, to recommend allocation of functions to the Statistical Authorities;
(c) to advise on drawing up schemes for avoiding duplication in the formulation and execution of statistical programmes and to resolve differences in that respect;
(d) to provide advice and guidance to Statistical Authorities; and
(e) to perform such other functions as the relevant appointing authority may, from time to time, direct.
14. The Chief Statistician.(1) There shall be a Chief Statistician of the Bureau who shall be appointed by the Federal Government on such terms and conditions as may be determined by the Federal Government and to be notified in the official Gazette. The Chief Statistician shall be an ex-officio Secretary to the Federal Government.
(2) The Chief Statistician, before entering upon office, shall make before the President of Pakistan an oath of office and non-disclosure.
(3) The Chief Statistician, unless he resigns or is removed from office earlier, shall hold office for a period of five years and shall be eligible for reappointment for such term or terms as the Federal Government may determine, provided that the Chief Statistician shall cease to hold office on attaining the age of sixty-five years or expiry of the tenure whichever is earlier.
15. Qualifications of the Chief Statistician.The Chief Statistician shall be a professional with demonstrated technical knowledge of statistics and management skills. He shall have advanced university degree in a relevant subject such as statistics and economics from a university recognized by the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan or preferably from leading international university having minimum twenty years experience with at least five years in senior management position within an organization of significant size and importance.
(a) to advise the appropriate Government and other authorities or persons on statistical programmes at national level;
(b) to supervise the administration of this Act under the guidance of the Governing Council and control operations and staff of the Bureau;
(c) to decide in the manner in which data for statistical purposes are collected, transmitted, processed and compiled and published;
(d) to supervise the
taking of census throughout
(e) to appraise the quality of all statistics at national level;
(f) to ensure coordination with all the other statistical agencies, authorities and bodies;
(g) to ensure a high level of professionalism of the staff of the Bureau through ensuring a continuous and high quality training programme;
(h) to promote, develop and maintain a strong analytical and research capacity within the Bureau;
(i) to review periodically the statistical progress on the basis of reports obtained from the relevant officers of the Bureau and the statistical agents and duly inform the Governing Council;
(j) to advise the appropriate Government and other authorities or persons on the use and relevance of available statistics in relation to specific policy issues;
(k) to appraise and allocate technical resources for statistical projects;
(l) to ask for any information or call for the statistical record from any Federal Ministry or Provincial Department, statutory body, corporation or association pertaining to statistical data subject to the constitutional and legal requirements, for review, if necessary;
(m) to delegate all or such powers, duties or functions to member of the staff or officer of the Bureau including census officer for the efficient performance of functions under this Act;
(n) to provide for the welfare or incentives of employees of the Bureau and compensation packages for employees;
(o) to prepare annual work plans and five year work plans, progress reports and budgets for the Bureau;
(p) to enter into all such negotiations, agreements and contracts and rescind or vary all such agreements or contracts, and to execute all such documents and do all acts, deeds and things, in the name and on behalf of the Bureau as may be considered necessary, expedient or proper or in relation to any of the matters aforesaid or otherwise with the approval of the Federal Government;
(q) to develop national statistical standards and promote standardization of concepts and definitions conforming to international standards and to ensure observance by Government departments, both Federal and Provincial, research and statutory bodies; and
(r) to employ experts and consultants for the Bureau and lay down such terms and conditions of their employment in the regulations and to undertake human resource development and restructure and modernize personnel policy and review their performance from time to time, and in such manner as may be prescribed in the regulations.
(2) The Chief Statistician shall comply with such other directions as the Governing Council may give from time to time.
17. Removal. The Chief Statistician may resign from his office by writing under his hand addressed to the Federal Government or may be removed by the Federal Government from his office if, on any inquiry by the Governing Council, he is found unable to perform the functions of his office because of mental or physical disability or misconduct including corruption or dishonesty or found that such person fails to disclose his interest under section 56.
18. Functional member.(1) The Federal Government, based on a short list recommended by the Chief Statistician, may appoint five functional members to assist the Chief Statistician for the efficient performance of functions of the Bureau, on such terms and conditions as may be prescribed by the Federal Government.
(2) A functional member shall be a professional with demonstrated technical knowledge of relevant field. He shall have advanced university degree in a relevant subject from a university recognized by the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan or preferably from leading international university having minimum fifteen years experience with at least five years in senior management position within an organization of significant size and importance.
(3) A functional member shall, other than an ex-officio member, unless he resigns or is removed from office earlier, hold office for a period of four years and shall be eligible for reappointment for such term or terms as the Federal Government may determine, provided that the member shall cease to hold office on attaining the age of sixty-five years or the expiry of the term whichever is earlier.
(4) A member shall exercise such powers and perform such functions as may be assigned to him as shall be prescribed by rules.
(5) A member may resign from his office by writing under his hand addressed to the Federal Government or may be removed from his office by the Federal Government if, on an inquiry by the Governing Council, he is found unable to perform the functions of his office because of Mental or physical disability or misconduct including corruption or dishonesty or found that such person fails to disclose his interest under section 56.
19. Statistical authorities. The Federal Government shall, by notification in the official Gazette, appoint the Chief Statistician as the Federal Statistical Authority to oversee, coordinate, monitor and assess independently all official statistics and the statistical system in the country and the Provincial Governments shall appoint, by notification in the official Gazette, a Provincial Statistical Authority, for carrying out the purposes of this Act and to supervise statistical activities.
20. Functions of Provincial. Statistical Authority.A Provincial Statistical Authority shall, in accordance with such directions as the appropriate Government may, from time to time issue, perform the following functions, namely:---
(a) to collect, compile, analyze, publish and disseminate statistical data relating to the provincial subjects in the Province;
(b) drawing up specific statistical programmes to carry out the instructions of the Users Council;
(c) appraising the quality of the statistics in the Province;
(d) laying down and approving the questionnaires and procedures for statistical enquiries conducted by the Province in accordance with the provisions of this Act and ensuring against any duplication and sub-standard data collection;
(e) adopting the standards provided by the Bureau and ensuring harmonization at Federal and Provincial level;
(f) giving advice and guidance to and coordinating the functions of the relevant officers of the Bureau and the Statistical Agents appointed in the Province;
(g) making recommendations to the appropriate Government and Users Council elating to the standards of training of statisticians and statistical agents;
(h) laying down procedure for a continuing programme of in-service, institutional and foreign training;
(i) periodically reviewing statistical progress;
(j) giving advice to the appropriate Government and other authorities or persons on the use and relevance of available statistics in relation to specific problems of economic policy;
(k) identifying gaps in the provincial statistical series and developing prioritized proposals for filling these gaps;
(l) appraising and allocating technical resources required for statistical projects carried out by the Province; and
(m) to perform such other functions as the appropriate Government may, from time to time, direct.
21. Competent authority.(1) The Statistical Authority may, for the purpose of collection and compilation of statistics on any matter, appoint any authority, body corporate or officer or entity to be a competent authority for the purpose of this Act.
(2) In the exercise of its powers and performance of its functions under this Act, a competent authority shall be subject to the superintendence, direction and control of the Statistical Authority.
22. Statistical agents.(1) The Statistical Authority for the purpose of collection of statistics or information under this Act, appoint or engage such officers or persons or body corporate or entity to be statistical agent as it may think fit.
(2) A statistical agent shall perform such other functions as may be assigned to him by the Statistical Authority in accordance with the provisions of this Act.
23. Formulation of questionnaire.(1) For the, purpose of collecting statistics on any matter, the Statistical Authority shall declare in the official Gazette that information shall be collected on a particular matter and formulate such questionnaire as it may think fit.
(2) A competent authority or a statistical agent may require any person within its jurisdiction to give answers to such questionnaire and to such other questions relevant thereto as may be necessary to elicit full answers to the questionnaire.
(3) Any person who is required to give answers to a questionnaire and other relevant question under subsection (1) shall give answers to the best of his knowledge and belief.
(a) to require a woman to state the name of her husband or deceased husband or any other person whose name is by custom forbidden to mention; or
(b) to insist on information of a purely private nature.
24. Power to call for returns and information.(l) A competent authority may, for the purpose of collecting statistics under this Act, serve or cause to be served on any person, by post or otherwise, a notice requiring him to furnish to such authority or person in such manner, at such time or intervals including replies to inquiries and supplementary information, and in such form and with such particulars, such information or returns as may be prescribed, and a person served with such notice shall accordingly furnish information or returns required thereby.
(2) A census officer may, during the time of the taking of the census, within the local limits of his jurisdiction leave a prescribed schedule at any dwelling house including any commercial, industrial or other premises or with the manager or officer, of any commercial or industrial establishment or trading concerned, or occupier of such house, for the purpose of its being filled up with respect to such particulars regarding the inmates of such house or part or the persons employed, as may be specified in the schedule and the occupier, manager or officer concerned shall fill up or cause it to be filled up as required to the best of his knowledge or belief, sign his name thereto and deliver it to the census officer or to such person as the census officer may direct.
25. Right to access record or document.(l) An authorized person shall, for the purpose of collection of statistics under this Act, have access to any relevant record or document in the possession of any person required to furnish information or return under section 24 and may, at any reasonable time after due nonce, enter any premises, house, vessel, lands or other place wherein he believes such record or document to be kept and inspect or take copies of relevant records or documents and ask any question necessary for obtaining any information required to be furnished by such person.
(2) Every person in possession of or having custody or charge of relevant record or document, that are maintained in any Government department, business or in any office, public or private, from which information is sought, shall,---
(a) grant access for the purposes of collection of statistics or census under this Act;
(b) supply information to the statistical agent relating to any matter under this Act; and
(c) allow the statistical agent to paint on, affix to or dig in the premises, house, vessel or lands such letters, marks or objects as may be necessary for the said purpose.
26. Dissemination of statistical data.(l) Any statistical data collected by the Statistical Authority shall be in accordance with the provisions of this Act and, after ascertaining its quality for accuracy and ensuring confidentiality as set out in section 28, shall be released for general dissemination.
(2) The Bureau shall ensure timely publication of data collected, to take reasonable steps to ensure public access to official statistics, to public information on what statistics are available and how that can be obtained by the users.
(3) No user may have access to the data or statistics collected by the Bureau before release of its report with exception for special research, approval of which may be made at the level of Federal Statistical Authority.
27. Act not to authorize collection of certain information or statistics.Nothing in this Act shall authorize the collection of statistics or of any information relating to any work of defence, arsenal, naval, military or air force establishment or any other defence factory, installation or establishment.
(a) used for any purpose other than compilation of statistics under this Act;
(b) published in a form which may disclose the state of affairs of any particular individual, firm or institution;
(c) divulged or furnishing the information or return, to any person not connected officially with the enquiry in relation to which the said answers, information or returns have been called for;
(d) accessible to the inspection of any person; or
(e) disclosed to any person, or used , notwithstanding anything contained in the Qanun-e-Shahadat, 1984 (P.O. 10 of 1984), or be admissible in evidence in any proceedings to which the person giving the answer of furnishing the information or return is a party, except for the purpose of prosecution for contravention of the provisions of this Act.
(2) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (1), unit records may be released provided no individual or company can be identified and shall be used for genuine research purposes and such research findings thereafter shall acknowledge and made available to the Statistical Authority.
29. Permitted disclosure. The disclosure of information is authorized to be used if such information has been made public through any authorized means or prior written consent of the person answering the questions has been duly obtained.
30. Joint collections.(1). The Statistical Authority may undertake a joint collection of statistical information and shall enter in a contract with another Government department or authority or statutory body where the relevant authority is duly authorized to collect such information, and the information collected shall be shared between the agreeing parties.
(2) Any employee of any Government department or authority or statutory body engaged in a joint collection shall be bound by the provisions of secrecy and confidentiality under section 28.
POPULATION, AGRICULTURE AND
Population census. The Federal Government
may, from time to time, by notification in the official Gazette, declare that a
census of population and housing conditions of
32. Census officers.-(l) The Federal Government may,---
(a) designate the Chief
Statistician as the Chief Census Commissioner to supervise the taking of census
(b) appoint the Provincial Census Commissioner to supervise the taking of census within a Province; and
(c) appoint the census officers to take, aid in or supervise the taking of census within any specified area.
(2) The Chief Census Commissioner may, by order, delegate the powers conferred upon him under clause (a) of subsection (1) to such officer or authority as may be specified in the order.
(3) A declaration in writing signed by any authority authorized in this behalf by the Chief Census Commissioner that any person has been duly appointed a census officer shall be conclusive proof of such appointment.
33. Discharge of duties of census officers in certain cases.(1) If a District Magistrate or District Coordination Officer, as the case may be, or any authority authorized in this behalf by the appropriate Government, by an order in writing so directs.
(a) every officer in command of any body of persons belonging to naval, military or air force of Pakistan or of any vessel of war;
(b) every person, other than a pilot or harbour-master, having charge or control of a vessel;
(c) every person in charge of a lunatic asylum, hospital, work-house, prison, reformatory or lock-up or of any public, charitable, religious or educational institutions;
(d) every keeper, owner, secretary or manager of any sarai, hotel, boarding-house, lodging-house, immigration depot or club;
(e) every manager or officer of a railway or any commercial or industrial establishment or trading concern; and
(f) every occupant of immovable property wherein persons are living at the time of taking census, shall. [in relation to the persons who, at the time of the taking of the census, are under his command or charge, or are inmates of his sarai, hotel, house, depot or club, or are employed under him, or are present on or in such immovable property, perform such duties of a census officer as may be required by such order.]
(2) The provisions of this Act relating to a census officer shall, mutatis mutandis, apply to a person performing the duties of a census officer in pursuance of an order under subsection (1).
(a) owners and occupiers of land, farmers, tenure holders and assignees of land revenue or their agents;
(b) members of local councils and other local authorities and officers;
(c) school teachers, government servants and literate persons of good repute for the time being residing in the area concerned; and
(d) to work as enumerators or give such assistance as may be specified in the order towards the taking of census of persons who and of houses which are, at the time of taking census, on the lands of such owners, occupiers of land, farmers, tenure holders and assignees, or within the areas which such members represent or for which local authorities are established, or as the case may be, in which such teachers, government servants and literate persons arc themselves residing and the persons to whom an order under this section is directed shall be bound to comply the same and shall be deemed to be bound by the provisions of secrecy and confidentiality under section 28.
35. Grant of statistical abstracts.The Chief Census Commissioner, the Provincial Census Commissioner or an authority authorized in this behalf by the Federal Government may, at the request of any local council or local authority or person, cause abstracts to be prepared and supplied containing such statistical information as can be derived from the census returns being information which is not contained in any published reports and which, in the opinion of the Chief Census Commissioner, the Provincial Census Commissioner or an authority authorized, such local council or local authority or person may reasonably require.
36. Local councils and other local authorities to take census. Notwithstanding anything contained in any other law for the time being in force, a local council or other local authority shall, in consultation with the Provincial Census Commissioner or other officer authorized in this behalf by the Federal Government, cause, during the period, the census of the area within the jurisdiction of a local council or other local authority to be taken wholly or in part in the manner authorized or required by or under this Act.
37. Agriculture census. The Federal Government may, from time to time, by notification in the official Gazette declare that information shall be collected on or with respect to the following matters, namely:---
(a) land ownership and land tenure;
(b) land unit and sub-division of land;
(c) land utilization;
(d) crop acreage and production;
(e) livestock, poultry and fishery products;
(f) employment in agriculture;
(g) agricultural population;
(h) agricultural power and machinery;
(i) irrigation and drainage;
(j) fertilizers and soil dressing;
(k) wood and forests;
(l) agricultural credit;
(m) agriculture and sericulture;
(n) fruit and vegetable products; and
(o) such other matters as the Federal Government may, by notification in the official Gazette, specify.
38. Crop-cutting experiment.(l) For the purpose of collecting information referred to in section 37, crop-cutting experiments may be conducted and for such experiments any land in any area may be selected.
(2) The owner of the crop shall be entitled to such compensation for any loss or damage caused to him by the conduct of crop-cutting experiment as is not less than such loss or damage and the assessment of the loss or damage shall be carried out in such manner as the Governing Council may prescribe under regulations.
39. Other censuses.-The Federal Government may, by notification in the official Gazette, direct the Bureau to collect, compile, analyse information and publish censuses in respect of census of manufacturing industries or economic census or other censuses it may consider necessary from time to time and thereupon the provisions of this Act shall, mutatis mutandis, apply in relation to such censuses.
FINANCE, AUDIT AND ACCOUNTS
40. Establishment of Statistics Fund.(l) There is hereby established, for the purposes of this Act, a Fund to be called Statistics Fund which shall be administered and controlled by the Bureau to meet costs and charges incurred in connection with its functions under this Act.
(a) such sums as the Federal Government or a Provincial Government may, from time to time, grant for the purposes of meeting any of its obligations or discharging any of its duties;
(b) loans, aid, grants and donations from the national or international agencies;
(c) income from investments as provided under section 42;
(d) receipts from sale of publications, databases, statistical series, other products and services provided by Bureau; and
(e) all other sums or property which may in any manner become payable to or vested in the Bureau in respect of any matter incidental to the exercise of its functions and powers.
(3) The Statistics Fund shall be managed and operated by the Chief Statistician.
(a) paying any expenditure lawfully incurred by the Bureau;
(b) paying any other expenses, costs or expenditure properly incurred or accepted by the Bureau in the performance of its functions or the exercise of its powers under this Act; and
(c) repaying any moneys borrowed under this Act and the profit, return, mark-up or interest due thereon howsoever called.
(2) The Bureau shall, in respect of each financial year, submit for approval to the Federal Government on such date as may be prescribed, a statement of the estimated receipts and expenditure, including requirements of foreign exchange for the next financial year.
42. Investments. The Bureau may insofar as moneys available in the Statistics Fund are not required to be expended under this Act, make such investments as it may determine from time to time, in accordance with policies formulated by the Federal Government.
43. Bank accounts. The Bureau may, with the approval of the Governing Council, open and maintain accounts in rupees or in any foreign currency at such scheduled bank as it may from time to time determine in accordance with instructions of the Finance Division.
(3) A copy of the audit report shall be sent to the Federal Government, along with the comments of the Bureau.
45. Annual report. (1) The Bureau shall prepare and publish an annual report covering its performance during the financial year for submission to the Federal Government which shall lay the same before the Parliament.
(a) activities of the Bureau during the financial year;
(b) an outline of programmes for the year ahead;
(c) a short financial statement of the preceding year;
(d) an audited balance sheet;
(e) an audited statement of income and expenditure; and
(f) any other matter which the Federal Government may direct or the Bureau may consider appropriate.
OFFENCES AND PENALTIES
(a) required to furnish any information or return to an authorized officer of the Bureau,
(i) wilfully refuses or without lawful excuse neglects to furnish such information or return as may be required under this Act;
(ii) wilfully furnishes or causes to be furnished any information or return which he knows to be false or misleading;
(iii) refuses to answer or wilfully gives false answer to any question necessary for obtaining any information required to be furnished under this Act;
(b) obstructs on access to relevant records or documents or entry to any premises authorized under section 25;
(c) who removes, obliterates, alters or damages without proper authority or before the completion of agriculture census or population census any letters, mark or objects which have been painted, affixed or dug for the purposes of the agricultural census population census or any other census;
(d) who otherwise in any way wilfully obstructs or seeks to obstruct any person employed in the execution of any duty under this Act, shall for such offence be punishable with fine which may extend to fifty thousand rupees and in the case of continuing offence to a further fine which may extend to two hundred rupees for each day during which the offence continues or with imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months or with both.
47. Offences by companies.(1) If the person guilty of an offence under section 46 is a company, every person who at the time the offence was committed was in charge of and was responsible for the conduct of the business of the company, shall be deemed to be guilty of the offence and shall be punishable with fine which may extend up to five hundred thousand rupees and in the case of continuing offence to a further fine which may extend to twenty-five thousand rupees for each day during which the offence continues:---
Provided that. nothing contained in this section shall render any such person liable to any punishment provided in this Act if he proves that the offence was committed without his knowledge or that he exercised all due diligence to prevent the commission of such offence.
(2) A certificate under the hand of the Federal Statistical Authority or the Provincial Statistical Authority stating that such return has not been furnished or the contents are incorrect, shall be prima facie evidence of the facts stated in the certificate.
(a) deserts from his duty;
(b) impersonates as census officer or a statistical agent and seeks to obtain information which that person is not duly authorized to obtain; or
(c) discloses or knowingly cause to be disclosed or divulges directly or indirectly, any information obtained under this Act to any person not entitled under this Act to receive the same, shall be punishable for such offence with imprisonment for a term which may extend to six months or with tine which may extend to twenty-five thousand rupees.
49. Refusal to perform duties as census officer. Whoever refuses or neglects to discharge the duties which he is directed under subsection (1) of section 33 to discharge shall be deemed to have committed an offence under section 187 of the Pakistan Penal Code, 1860 (Act XLV of 1860).