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Punjab Launches its MICS Report 2018 at Local Hotel, Lahore.

28 Mar, 2019

Punjab Finance Minister Makhdum Hashim Jawan Bakht said the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) findings report has highlighted severe regional disparities which the present government will bridge through its commitment to regional equalization and equal opportunities for all.

He was addressing the launching ceremony of Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) Report 2017-18 organized by the Bureau of Statistics, Planning & Development Board Punjab in collaboration with UNICEF Pakistan at Local Hotel Lahore. Provincial Finance Minister Makhdum Hashim Jawan Bakht formally launched on Thursday the Punjab MICS report which was part of the Nationally Coordinated MICS.

Addressing the ceremony, Finance Minister stated he is pleased that through the coordinated efforts of Planning and Development Board, Unicef, Bureau of Statistics and under the leadership of Chairman P&D Board, Secretary P&D and Chief economist Punjab, we now have a reliable and thorough set of data that can be used to inform the Planning and Development process of the province. He said that the government is sensitive to every rupee spent and every single penny of the public money will be utilized for desired results. He also hoped that academicians and researchers should use the MICs data to inform on what kind of development interventions were effective in the past and also identify areas where public money was misspent.

On the occasion, Chairman P&D Board Habib ur Rehman Gillani, congratulating the Bureau of Statistics team, said that Planning and Development Board is committed to the human development agenda and the MICs data will be key to inform, facilitate and support our planning initiatives in these areas.

MICS is a global household survey, which provides robust and credible evidence to be used for planning & policy making to track and improve overall social indicators particularly those affecting children & women. The SFR of MICS Punjab, 2017-18 will provide valuable data on many critical socio-economic indicators that will be useful for policy makers in Punjab to evaluate the current situation in these areas and to help them serve as a guideline for formulation of relevant interventions for the betterment of citizens of Punjab in future, he added.

Speaking on the occasion Unicef senior representative, Aida Girma said the MICs Punjab reached more than 53,000 households and conducted interviews with 74,000 women, 27,000 men and 74,000 children across 36 districts in  Punjab, which was a massive undertaking. Highest standard was ensured so that the findings were statistically sound and representative. She assured Unicef's continued support to the Government of Punjab in analysis of policy development such as calculation of the child wellbeing index.

Introduced by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in the 90s, MICS, has become the largest source of statistically sound and internationally comparable data on women and children worldwide.

The survey was conducted by the Bureau of Statistics, Planning and Development Board, Punjab with technical support from UNICEF. Results of the survey were approved by a Provincial Steering Committee and reviewed by the UNICEF Headquarters, which makes it a reliable product with international recognition.