ISLAMABAD – Federal Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has said census will be started on March 15, 2017.

After NFC Award meeting, Dar talking to reporters said that the next meeting of the award will be held in January when members will present their suggestions.

The minister said that required funds were provided for operation Zarb-e-Azb, adding that the government was taking various steps regard the ongoing operation.

Enough funds will be allocated for development projects in Federal Administrated Tribal Agencies (Fata), Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Kashmir, Dar said, adding that Fata was being given special focus in order to develop it.