The new series of national accounts, revising the base year from 2004-05 to 2011-12 have been released. As a part of the base year revision exercise, a comprehensive review of the methodology and datasets was made. The new series incorporates the latest available datasets along with the recommendations laid down under the System of National Accounts, 2008.

 

  • Provisional results of Sixth Economic Census (EC) were released on 30th July, 2014. All India Report of the sixth Economic Census is expected to be released by September 2015.

 

  • The Ministry has started releasing the Consumer Food Price Index (CFPI) since May, 2014 in order to give a clear picture of the movement of retail prices in respect of food items.

 

  • The Base Year of the Consumer Price Index (CPI) has been revised from 2010=100 to 2012=100, taking into account the latest consumption patterns of the households. In this revised series, many methodological changes have been incorporated in order to make the indices more robust.

 

  • Web-based system for collection of Annual Survey of Industries (ASI) data has been introduced. Using the dedicated web-portal the results of the ASI 2012-13 have been released on 24.03.2015 which is an improvement in terms of time-lag of release of final results, as compared to the earlier years.

 

  • A workshop was organized on 2nd July, 2014 to interact with the data users in the field of Industrial Statistics, National Accounts and Price Statistics. A large number of participants from a wide cross-section of data users including students, researchers, and representatives of private economic institutions, industry associations, media houses and government organizations attended the workshop. Another such workshop on new series of national accounts with base year 2011-12 was organized on 13thApril, 2015.

 

  • In the process of development of the system of Computer Assisted Personal Interviewing (CAPI), NSSO has undertaken a pilot exercise for Periodic Labour Force Survey in consultation with World Bank using Android based Tablet devices. The field testing is in progress. Introduction of CAPI will reduce processing time and the system will be paperless. This will also integrate the processes of data collection, validation, analysis and presentation of reports etc.

 

  • The National Accounts Division of the Central Statistics Office has been certified IS/ISO 9001:2008 for “Compilation and dissemination of macro-economic indicators including national income and consumer price indices” by Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS). Process of similar certification for Survey Design and Research Division of the National Sample Survey Office is under progress.

 

  • An integrated Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS) portal has been developed and is under test operation to provide real time information on the progress of implementation of the scheme to the direct stakeholders and general public to access the progress of development works undertaken under the scheme.

 

  • An additional Quarterly Report on the Status of Implementation of the ongoing Mega Projects has been introduced for close monitoring of the projects. The first such report was brought out for the Quarter ending June 2014.

 

  • Under “Infrastructure and Programme Monitoring”, Ministry requested all the 13Infrastructure Ministries to take up a one-time review of all on-going projects costing Rs. 150 crore and above. The review was to analyse the reasons for cost and time over-runs, to identify the bottlenecks and to suggest the follow-up action required to overcome the issues. This was done during August 2014-December 2014 and reports were prepared.
  • In the newly instituted Open Data Champion category of the Web Ratna Awards by the Ministry of Telecommunications & IT, the Ministry of Statistics & Program Implementation won the Gold Award. It honours Ministries/Departments who have contributed datasets to India’s Open Government Data (OGD) Platform (data.gov.in).

 

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