Islamabad (Staff Report): The second and final phase of sixth national housing and population census begins today.

Chief Census Commissioner Asif Bajwa said while addressing a news briefing in Islamabad, eighty-seven districts including twenty-one each in Punjab and Sindh, twelve in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, six Agencies of FATA, seventeen in Balochistan and five each in Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan will be covered in this phase .

Chief Census Commissioner also stated that the second phase will continue till May 24 .

According to details, about 84,000 enumerators are taking part in the census exercise to collect data from 168,120 census blocks across the country. The Pakistan Bureau of Statistics has reserved about ten percent of its staff and supervisors for the exercise, which brings the total census staff to over 118,000 persons.

A total of 200,000 army personnel are engaged in the exercise.