Recently the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation released the draft National Statistical Commission (NSC) Bill in the public domain for feedback.
- The Bill seeks to establish NSC as the nodal, autonomous and statutory body for all core statistical activities. It also proposes the NSC to be a body corporate. The current body lacks statutory backing.
- Formation: The Government of India through a resolution dated 1st June 2005 set up the National Statistical Commission (NSC), on the recommendations of the Rangarajan Commission, which reviewed the Indian Statistical System in 2001.
- Present Status of the NSC :
- Composition: It has a part-time Chairperson, 4 part-time Members, and an ex-officio Member, each having specialization and experience in specified statistical fields.
- The Chief Statistician of India is the Secretary of the Commission.
- He is also the Secretary to the Government of India in the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation.
- Mandate: To evolve policies, priorities, and standards in statistical matters.
- To improve the data quality in the statistical products and processes and work closely with the statistical agencies in the central and state government to ensure its implementation.
- The NSC is a recommending body that helps the national statistical system in evolving better strategies to improve the functioning of the system.