Yury Pokintelitsa: Population census is usual experience for any civilized state
Census data serve as the basis for planning economic development of the state. This was stated in a commentary to the press service of the People’s Council by MP Yury Pokintelitsa.
“The last census took place in our region in 2001, when the territory of the Donetsk People’s Republic was part of Ukraine. A census is a usual experience for any civilized state, the main purpose of which is to obtain information on the number, contingent and location of residents necessary for organizing the country’s economic life.
To hold a census in the Donetsk People’s Republic, identity documents are not required, which indicates the intention of the state to establish exactly the number of people living in the territory of the DPR that is close to the real one, to clarify the social categories of citizens and their level of income to solve social and other issues.
Since 2014, the population on our territory has changed significantly. The lack of accurate information about people living in the DPR complicates budget planning for the next few years. But it is in this way that the sizes of social payments, salaries and pensions are established.
Having information on the categories of citizens living in the Republic, we will be able to plan the number of required jobs, housing development and other economic processes,” the parliamentarian said.
Yury Pokintelitsa also noted the political significance of the census for the Donetsk People’s Republic.
“Knowing the number of the DPR residents, primarily children born and registered in the Republic, who simply do not exist for Ukraine, we will be able to report to the world community about the violation of the rights of all these citizens. This should be another good reason to urge the Ukrainian government to respect the rights of people and their freedom of expression.
The census is a nationwide campaign that should unite all residents of the DPR for the full and harmonious development of the state, as well as to protect the legitimate rights and interests of our citizens,” the MP emphasized.
Yury Pokintelitsa added that the census does not affect the personal interests of citizens related to taxation, military records and other private information.