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The Indian Official Statistical System

A Revival Path

The revival of the statistical system, a trained cadre of survey personnel with adequate technical knowledge and interview skills to ensure reliability of survey results are indispensable. Additionally, excessive use of offi cial statistics for the promotion of party politics as well as expensive statistical activities like caste census, which contribute only to divisive politics, need to be avoided.

India’s achievements in economic, social, and international domains in the last decade have been astounding. A view has, however, emerged that the statistical system, particularly the national surveys and censuses, has not been able to capture the achievements in full measure. The system, thus, faced signifi cant criticism even from government agencies. The glory of the Indian statistical system as one of the best in the world till a few years back thus suffered a signifi cant setback. It is a serious issue requiring immediate attention, particularly in the context of India becoming a member of the United Nations Statistical Commission (UNSC). This article attempts to analyse the reasons for the loss of credibility of the statistical system and steps needed to regain its lost glory.

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Published On : 22nd Mar, 2024

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