ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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Data on Employment, Unemployment and Education

India had an enviable tradition of routine collection, collation and publication of empirical information. In the last half century we have added to this. But in our enthusiasm to do more and better, the official statistical agencies and their economic and statistical advisors have tended to centralise thinking and designing and processing of the information. This has led to atrophy at the state/regional level. There is, moreover, a tendency for every agency to be asked or expected to do everything. The large-scale surveys conducted at great cost should be fully utilised. This can be done if the task is properly decentralised. Finally, the NSSO must refrain from doing annual surveys in matters in which a quinquennial survey is more than adequate.

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