Bangladesh's Population to Exceed 160 Mln after Final Census Report
    2011-07-24 19:55:45     Xinhua       Web Editor: liuranran

Bangladeshi Finance Minister AMA Muhith Sunday said that the country's population after final tally of the latest census will exceed 160 million, about twenty million higher than the preliminary estimate of the national statistical office.

The Bureau of Bangladesh Statistics (BBS) on July 16 revealed that the population of the country stood at 142.319 million in line with its preliminary report on Population and Housing Census- 2011.

BBS on that day, however, said the tally could increase by five to seven percent in the final report of the census, which was held on March 15-19 this year.

The government recently instructed the statistical office to further look into the census findings as the preliminary estimates of the latest census that put the country's population at 142.3 million do not reportedly correspond with the current figures of domestic demand for food, its production and import.

"Had the population been 142.3 million, we should have been sitting on sacks full of food grains now, and there would have been no requirement of food import," Bangladeshi Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury was quoted as saying in a report of leading local newspaper The Daily Star on July 19.

"I can say the preliminary findings are at best unrealistic. There is a big gap between the census outcome and the reality," she said.

Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies, a government think- tank, is carrying out a sample survey, which will be published in September and the final figure will come after that, Muhith said speaking at a program in Dhaka Sunday.

He said, "The difference between enumerated figure and final figure is always between 4 and 5 percent. Some 7.5 million expatriates will also be included this time. So the final figure would stand between 162 million and 165 million."

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in October last year in its report claimed that Bangladesh population had risen to over 164 million in 2010 and said it would reach 222 million by next 40 years with an increase rate of 1.4 percent per year. The Bangladeshi government then denied the report.

Following the Bangladeshi government's denial, in May this year the UN's population division revised Bangladesh's population close to 149 million.

Bangladesh has a long history of census. The first one conducted in this territory was in 1872. After independence in 1971, four Population and Housing Census were held in 1974, 1981, 1991 and 2001. The country's population was 76.398 million in 1974. The number was 89.912 million in 1981, 111.455 million in 1991.

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