Jas­pal Singh Sawh­ney, Chair­man, Ea­gle Group

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“Con­crete mea­sures are prod­uct­spe­cific. For na­tional ac­counts they will be dif­fer­ent, for labour sta­tis­tics they would be dif­fer­ent. The pol­icy only gives generic en­abling pro­vi­sions for lay­ing down stan­dards re­quired for gen­er­at­ing qual­ity sta­tis­tics.” Prab­hakar Singh, head of in­sti­tu­tional busi­ness at Cen­tre for Mon­i­tor­ing In­dian Econ­omy, a not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion, said that is eas­ier said than done. “Mak­ing a pol­icy is one thing. Im­ple­ment­ing it is an­other,” he said. With the cred­i­bil­ity of of­fi­cial sta­tis­tics un­der strain, par­tic­u­larly when the next gen­eral elec­tions are less than a year away, im­ple­men­ta­tion of th­ese stan­dards will be­come cru­cial, es­pe­cially where there are gaps left by the in­ter­na­tional frame­work. In­dia for in­stance com­plies with In­ter­na­tional Mone­tary Fund’s Spe­cial Data Dis­sem­i­na­tion Stan­dards (SDDS) for na­tional ac­counts sta­tis­tics such as GDP. But, the coun­try has in­voked flex­i­bil­ity pro­vi­sions un­der SDDS for the re­lease of labour sta­tis­tics. The ram­i­fi­ca­tions have been clear. While the gov­ern­ment an­nounces GDP num­bers reg­u­larly, it has not re­leased of­fi­cial un­em­ploy­ment es­ti­mates since 2016. The pol­icy once again prom­ises that “pro­duc­tion of core sta­tis­tics”— in­clud­ing un­em­ploy­ment rate—“and their re­lease, as per a pre-an­nounced cal­en­dar, free from gov­ern­ment in­flu­ence, will be en­sured.” Mak­ing good on this prom­ise though will be a chal­lenge for the coun­try’s sta­tis­ti­cal sys­tem, which has re­mained head­less for most of this year, with the of­fice of the Chief Statis­ti­cian of In­dia ly­ing un­oc­cu­pied among other va­can­cies. “For the past 20 years, the min­is­ter of sta­tis­tics has al­ways been a per­son of ir­rel­e­vance. That shows the ap­a­thy of suc­ces­sive gov­ern­ments to­wards sta­tis­tics and data,” Singh said. While qual­ity sta­tis­tics ful­fil the need for ev­i­dence-based poli­cies, the need for such poli­cies may well en­sure com­mit­ment to qual­ity sta­tis­tics. “It de­pends on how much value you put to ev­i­dence when mak­ing poli­cies. If you do not have a tra­di­tion of ev­i­dence-based pol­icy, then you are not go­ing to strengthen your sta­tis­ti­cal pol­icy,” Agrawal said. The ques­tion over cred­i­ble sta­tis­tics thus be­comes one of whether the coun­try’s poli­cies are backed with ev­i­dence— and whether the Na­tional Pol­icy on Of­fi­cial Sta­tis­tics is.

12th Sta­tis­tics Day cel­e­bra­tion

Min­istry of Sta­tis­tics & Pro­gramme Im­ple­men­ta­tion and In­dian Sta­tis­ti­cal In­sti­tute (ISI) jointly cel­e­brated 12th Sta­tis­tics Day and the clos­ing cer­e­mony of the 125th Birth An­niver­sary of Prof. P. C. Ma­ha­lanobis on 29th June, 2018 at Kolkata. Shri M. Venka­iah Naidu, Vice Pres­i­dent of In­dia graced the oc­ca­sion as the Chief Guest. Other dig­ni­taries who par­tic­i­pated in the event in­clude Shri D. V. Sadananda Gowda, Union Min­is­ter for Sta­tis­tics & Pro­gramme Im­ple­men­ta­tion, Prof. Bratya Basu, Min­is­ter of In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy and Elec­tron­ics, Gov­ern­ment of West Ben­gal, Dr. Vi­jay Kelkar, Pres­i­dent, ISI and Prof. Goverd­han Me­hta, Chair­man, ISI Coun­cil. In recog­ni­tion of the no­table con­tri­bu­tions made by Late Pro­fes­sor Pras­anta Chan­dra Ma­ha­lanobis in the fields of sta­tis­tics, sta­tis­ti­cal sys­tem and eco­nomic plan­ning, Gov­ern­ment of In­dia in 2007, has des­ig­nated 29thJune as the “Sta­tis­tics Day” in the cat­e­gory of Spe­cial Days to be cel­e­brated every year at the Na­tional level. On the oc­ca­sion, Vice Pres­i­dent of In­dia re­leased a com­mem­o­ra­tive coin of Rs 125 and cir­cu­la­tion coin of Rs 5 denom­i­na­tion as a mark of re­spect to Prof. Ma­ha­lanobis. The win­ners of Prof. P.V. Sukhatme Award 2018 and Prof. C.R. Rao Award 2017, were also fe­lic­i­tated for their no­table con­tri­bu­tion in the field of Sta­tis­tics.

The ob­jec­tive of cel­e­bra­tion of this Day is to cre­ate pub­lic aware­ness about the im­por­tance of sta­tis­tics in so­cio-eco­nomic plan­ning and pol­icy for­mu­la­tion, to ac­knowl­edge the con­tri­bu­tion of Prof. Ma­ha­lanobis, and to pay homage to him. Every year, one par­tic­u­lar theme of cur­rent na­tional im­por­tance is se­lected for fo­cused dis­cus­sions and ef­forts through­out the year aimed at bring­ing about im­prove­ments in the se­lected area. The theme se­lected for the Sta­tis­tics Day this year is ‘‘Qual­ity As­sur­ance in Of­fi­cial Sta­tis­tics’. The theme has been cho­sen to un­der­score the im­por­tance of com­pli­ance with essen­tial pa­ram­e­ters of qual­ity in sta­tis­ti­cal sys­tems and prod­ucts. The In­dian Sta­tis­ti­cal In­sti­tute (ISI) at Kolkata, set up by Prof. Ma­ha­lanobis in 1931, and was de­clared an au­ton­o­mous “In­sti­tute of Na­tional Im­por­tance” through an act of Par­lia­ment in 1959, celebrates 29th June as the “Worker Day”. 29th June, 2017 marked the be­gin­ning of the 125th year of birth of Prof. P.C. Ma­ha­lanobis. ISI has held year-round cel­e­bra­tions. Sta­tis­tics Day Cel­e­bra­tions held through­out the coun­try by the field of­fices of Na­tional Sam­ple Sur­vey Of­fice, State Gov­ern­ments and Uni­ver­si­ties/De­part­ments by or­ga­niz­ing Sem­i­nars, Con­fer­ences, De­bates, Quiz Pro­grammes, Lec­tures, Es­say Com­pe­ti­tions, etc.

Prof. Bratya Basu, Min­is­ter of In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy and Elec­tron­ics, Gov­ern­ment of West Ben­gal

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