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Decentralised Statistical System

The Report of the National Statistical Commission is a most welcome effort which seriously proposes to stem the rot that has set in the field of Administrative Statistics that is the basis of most socio-economic statistics in India. It has wisely rejected the Modernisation Project of the Ministry of Statistics and the World Bank. It has outlined what amounts to an independent professional set-up at the highest level to lay down the policy in the field of the Central and State Statistical Systems. It has underlined the need for state governments to treat their administrative data reporting agencies as useful agencies for the purpose, since without this data base the government will be blind about both formulation and monitoring of policy. The missing and inadequately treated individual items should deserve the attention of the National Commission of Statistics (NCS), which should be expeditiously established by the government.
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