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17th July 2023 (8 Topics)

New Panel to review ‘NSO data’


The Ministry of Statistics is going to replace the existing Standing Committee on Economic Statistics (SCES) by a ‘Standing Committee on Statistics (SCoS)’ which has a broader mandate to review the framework and results of all surveys conducted under the aegis of the National Statistical Office (NSO).

About the order:

  • Background: The government constituted a new internal oversight mechanism for official data via forming a Standing Committee on Economic Statistics (SCES) set up in late 2019.
  • About the new Committee:
    • As per the update, a new committee ‘SCoS’ will have 10 official members, and four non-official members who are eminent academics.
    • The panel can have up to 16 members.
  • Need for a new committee: The last round of household surveys on consumption expenditure and employment citied ‘data quality issues’.
  • Significance:
    • The ‘SCoS’ terms of reference include the identification of data gaps that need to be filled by official statistics, along with an appropriate strategy to plug those gaps.
    • It has also been mandated to explore the use of administrative statistics to improve data outcomes.

Present scenario:

  • The Standing Committee on Economic Statistics (SCES), which had 28 members, included 10 non-official members.
  • The panel was mandated to review the framework for economic indicators pertaining to the industrial sector, the services sector and the labour force statistics.
  • This meant that their purview was limited to datasets like the Periodic Labour Force Survey, the Annual Survey of Industries, the Index of Industrial Production and the Economic Census.

National Statistical Office (NSO):

  • National Statistical Office (NSO) was formed through the merger of the NSSO and CSO under the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI).

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