Having celebrated the National Statistics Day on 29 June 2018, MoSPI is now set for its maiden International Conference with experts from World Bank, Canada, Australia and India. Seen in picture is Vice President,  M. Venkaiah Naidu releasing the Audio on Prof. P.C. Mahalanobis and Rabindranath Tagore, at the closing ceremony of 125th Birth Anniversary of Prof. P.C. Mahalanobis and the 12th Statistical Day celebration, in Kolkata on June 29, 2018.
Having celebrated the National Statistics Day on 29 June 2018, MoSPI is now set for its maiden International Conference with experts from World Bank, Canada, Australia and India. Seen in picture is Vice President, M. Venkaiah Naidu releasing the Audio on Prof. P.C. Mahalanobis and Rabindranath Tagore, at the closing ceremony of 125th Birth Anniversary of Prof. P.C. Mahalanobis and the 12th Statistical Day celebration, in Kolkata on June 29, 2018.

MoSPI’s maiden International Round Table Conference to harvest ‘Data for New India’ and improve statistical system in India

The Ministry of Statistics &Programme Implementation (MoSPI) is organising a two-day International Round Table Conference at New Delhi during 9-10th July, 2018.  The objective of the Round Table Conference is to identify innovative ideas for improving the statistical system in India, taking cue from the best practices followed in advanced countries like Canada, UK and Australia. Such a Conference is being organised in India for the first time.

The Conference will be inaugurated by D.V. Sadananda Gowda, Union Minister of Statistics & Programme Implementation in the presence of Vijay Goel, Minister of State and K.V. Eapen, Secretary, Statistics & Programme Implementation. The event will be participated by Anil Arora, Chief Statistician, Statistics Canada, Jonathan Palmer, former Deputy Statistician, Australian Bureau of Statistics, Junaid Ahmad, World Bank Country Director for India, statistical experts and senior officers in the Government. Shri John Pullinger, Chief Statistician of United Kingdom will participate in the conference through video conferencing.

The eminent experts of Indian EconomyBibek Debroy, Chairperson of Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council and Member NITI Aayog, R.B. Barman, Chairperson, National Statistical Commission, Pronab Sen, former Chairperson, National Statistical Commission, and T.C.A. Anant, former Chief Statistician of India would also enrich the event by taking part in this Round Table Conference.

In the Conference, the experts from National and International agencies would deliberate on key statistical issues, such as data governance structure and capabilities, organiSational issues, managing data systems in a federal structure and resource mobilisation for ensuring quality statistical products to be produced. The conference is expected to suggest measures paving way for initiating the reform process in the Indian Statistical System.

NewsUpdate|09/07/18| New National Policy on Official Statistics in offing: Sadananda Gowda @ Round Table Conference on “Data for new India”

Minister of Statistics and Programme Implementation Sadananda Gowda, at the Round Table Conference on “Data for new India” during the opening session, emphasised that data needs keep increasing with the increasing role of the Government in development activities. “Keeping in view the agenda of ‘Sabka Sath Sabka Vikas’ or ‘Development for all’, my Government has initiated many new programs, namely, Make-in-India, Skill India, Start-up India, Smart Cities, Swachch Bharat, GSTN for socio-economic transformation for a ‘NEW INDIA’. My Government has identified 115 aspirational districts for putting focused attention on development. In furtherance of these initiatives and to make them more effective and objective oriented, strong system of Official Statistics can play a major role, as the resultant data needs have increased manifold,” he added.

It is globally recognised that official statistics must comply with certain basic principles, such as confidentiality, professional independence, impartiality, external accountability and transparency, so as to enhance public trust in statistics and make them as public goods. The basic principles are enshrined in the United Nations Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics evolved in 1994. “In 2014, when the United Nations General Assembly took up the agenda on these Fundamental Principles, India supported the Resolution of the Assembly. After the endorsement by the United Nations General Assembly in 2014, my Government formally adopted the Principles in the year 2016,” said Gowda.

“In furtherance of these Principles, my Ministry is in the process of evolving a National Policy on Official Statistics with a view of providing a framework for improving our official statistical system,” he added.

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