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.

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Source: PIB