Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation Year End Reviews

Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation Year End Reviews 

·         The new series of National Accounts, revising the base year from 2004-05 to 2011-12 have been released in January, 2015. 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. The data from e-Governance Initiative of Ministry of Corporate Affairs on Corporate Sector has been used for the first time.

·         The Base Year of the Consumer Price Index (CPI) has also been revised from 2010=100 to 2012=100 in February, 2015, 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.

·         The All India provisional General (all groups), Group and Sub-Group level Consumer Price Indices (CPI) & Consumer Food Price Index (CFPI) are released every month. The General Consumer Price Indices (CPI) for the month of October, 2015 for rural, urban and combined showed an annual inflation rate of 5.54%, 4.28%, and 5.00% respectively. The Consumer Food Price Index (CFPI) is also released every month since May, 2014 in order to give a clear picture of the movement of retail prices in respect of food items. The Consumer Food Price Indices (CFPI) for October 2015 for rural, urban and combined showed an annual inflation rate of 5.18%, 5.47% and 5.25% respectively.

·         The estimates of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) was released on quarterly basis, both at constant (2011-12) and current prices, along with the corresponding quarterly estimates of expenditure components of the GDP. The latest quarterly GDP at constant (2011-12) prices for the quarter July-September, 2015-16 was released on 30th November, 2015, which is estimated at Rs. 27.57 lakh crore, as against Rs. 25.66 lakh crore in corresponding quarter of 2014-15, showing a growth rate of 7.4 percent. Quarterly GVA at Basic Price at constant (2011-12) prices for Q2 of 2015-16 is estimated at Rs. 25.80 lakh crore, as against Rs. 24.02 lakh crore in Q2 of 2014-15, showing a growth rate of 7.4 per cent over the corresponding quarter of previous year.

·         The Quick Estimates(QE) of Index of Industrial Production (IIP) with base year 2004-05 are released every month, the general index for the month of September 2015 have been released on 12th November, 2015, which is 3.6% higher as compared to the level in the corresponding month of previous year. The cumulative growth for the period April-September 2015-16 over the corresponding period of the previous year stands at 4.0%.

·         Using the dedicated web-portal for collection of data of Annual Survey of Industries (ASI), the results of the ASI 2012-13 have been released on 24th March, 2015. The survey for ASI 2012-13 has also been completed through the web-portal and provisional results for ASI 2013-14 are likely to be released by December, 2015.

·         Data validation exercise pertaining to Sixth Economic Census (EC) has been completed. All-India Report and Directory of Establishments with 10 or more workers as per Sixth EC are likely to be released by December, 2015.

·         A Data Users’ Conference on Index numbers was held on 3rd November, 2015. Subsequent to the workshop on new series of national accounts with base year 2011-12 organized on 13th April, 2015. 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 above workshops.

·         An integrated Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS) portal is developed and operationalized to monitor all critical aspects such as fund release; fund utilisation; implementation of works; etc.

·         This Ministry is also reviewing the Statistical System holistically, on what has been done consistent with the Principles, and what more needs to be done, so as to take all the remaining necessary actions for creating the procedures, systems and institutions in furtherance of the UN Principles. Accordingly, a draft Cabinet Note for Adoption of United Nations Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics was prepared and circulated on 27.08.2015 to Cabinet Secretary, Prime Minister’s Office and Secretaries of 84 Ministries/Departments including RBI, requesting for comments/observations.

·         On-going central sector infrastructure projects on time and cost overruns are monitored through information uploaded on its Online Computerised Monitoring System (OCMS) by project implementing agencies. It is also proposed to develop a new online OCMS on NET/SQL platform with technical support of NIC. A two-day residential training workshop on the technical and functional aspects of the OCMS was organized on 10-11 August, 2015 for training of State/UT government officers.

·         The 9th Statistics Day, 2015 was celebrated all over India by the Ministry, State Governments, Offices of National Sample Survey Office spread throughout the country, Indian Statistical Institute, Universities/ Departments, etc. by organizing Seminars, Conferences, etc. At national level, main function was presided by General (Dr.) Vijay Kumar Singh, Hon’ble Minister of State for Statistics & Programme Implementation (Independent Charge), Minister of State for External Affairs & Minister of State for Overseas Indian Affairs.  Dr. Pronab Sen, Chairman, National Statistical Commission was the Guest of Honor. On this occasion, National Award in Statistics, constituted in the Honour of Prof. C.R. Rao was conferred to Dr. Hukum Chandra, Scientist, IASRI and Dr. Pulak Ghosh, Professor IIM, Bangalore

·         Besides the regular training programmes for Indian Statistical Service and Subordinate Statistical Service officers and other activities, the National Statistical Systems Training Academy (NSSTA) of the Ministry has successfully  honoured to conduct two one week residential international training programmes/workshop for the participants of SAARC countries. One Programme on “Health and Demographic Statistics” was organized at NSSTA during 5-9 October, 2015 and a workshop on “Use of Models in Crop Yield Estimation” was organized at IASRI with the collaboration MoSPI during 2-6 November, 2015.

·         A two day Conference of Central and States Statistical Organizations (COCSSO) was organized in Guwahati, Assam during 04-05 November, 2015. This Conference was conducted in collaboration with Government of Assam to provide a platform for the Central and State Statisticians to exchange views and discuss common issues relating to statistical activities. 

·         An All-India workshop was organized for states on new series of national accounts with base year 2011-12 during July 7-9, 2015. The workshop aimed at to acquaint the state officials of the changes in methodologies and data sources in the new series and to provide guidance on compilation of state income estimates on revised base year. Subsequently, discussion with states on comparable estimates of state income for the years 2011-12 to 2013-14 on revised base year were held during the months of August and September 2015. A similar workshop on Price and Industrial Statistics was organized on 3rd September, 2015.

·         A nationwide Swachh Bharat campaign began from 25th September, 2015 and ended on 31st October, 2015. In implementation thereof, the Ministry undertook a special cleanliness drive in all the buildings by way of cleaning of windows, glasses, electoral fittings furniture etc in all rooms as well as outside premise, parking space etc.

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