The government has announced that it intends to devise an impartial and tamper-proof statistical system to be put into practice across the country.
G.K. Vasan, minister for statistics and programme implementation, said this was part of the government’s strategy to standardize its statistical tools to better meet the diverse requirements of different sections of society, as also to meet increased needs of globalization and privatization.
He told reporters on the sidelines of a two-day conference of Central and State Statistical Organizations that the government is being assisted by the World Bank in its study of India’s various statistical systems.
Suresh Tendulkar, chairman, National Statistics Commission (NSC), expressed concern that the maintenance and quality of primary data was low on the government’s priority list. “Technology cannot benefit statistics if the quality of basic data at the primary level is weak,” Tendulkar said.
Pronab Sen, the chief statistician of India, said more comprehensive data is required on horticulture and animal husbandry since it has improved the lot of farmers in India and is hence important to the economy. S.K. Nath, chairman, National Sample Survey Organization (NSSO), also agreed state-level data has to be improved.