A parliamentary panel has questioned the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI) over the delay in releasing the economic census results. The Standing Committee on Finance, in a report tabled on Thursday, expressed concerns about the slow progress in obtaining approvals from State Level Coordination Committees. The seventh economic census, launched in 2019 and completed in March 2021, has only received approval from 13 states and union territories as of April 30, 2023.
Ministry cites pandemic-related challenges for data collection delay
The MoSPI responded to the panel’s concerns, highlighting pandemic-related operational challenges that severely affected data collection and supervision for the census. However, the committee has called for a more proactive approach in addressing the delays and urged the Ministry to foster closer collaboration with states and accelerate data collection.
Economic census essential for comprehensive analysis of establishments
The economic census provides a sampling framework for enterprise surveys, offering a comprehensive analysis of all establishments in the country. To conduct the seventh census, the ministry collaborated with CSC e-Governance Services India Limited, a special-purpose vehicle under the Ministry of Electronics and Information.
Persistent queries from the panel
This is not the first time the parliamentary panel has raised questions about the delay in releasing the economic census results. Earlier, in March of the same year, the panel had inquired about the issue to the ministry.
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