New Delhi, Sep 9 : Union Minister for Statistics and Programme Implementation G.K. Vasan today called for strengthening the data collection mechanism in the country.
Speaking at the National Conference of State Level Ministers In-charge of Statistics here, he said the Central Government was considering a proposal for States Statistical System through a centrally sponsored scheme in the Eleventh Plan at an estimated cost of Rs.705 crores.
"The decentralized statistical system, National Statistics in many cases is derived from State level. Therefore as a need for States to have separate department of statistics and also a strong statistical machinery at local levels,he added.
He appealed to the State Governments to consider setting up a Statistical Commission to oversee their systems and assist the National Commission in realizing common objectives.
Professor Suresh Tendulkar, Chairman National Statistical Commission said that the official statistics provide crucial indicators of the functioning of the society and the economy and hence act as an important instrument of good governance in a democratic society.
"The country needs a statistical system that is commensurate with the needs of vibrant democratic society and the fast growing economy in the 21st Century," he added.
The National Conference would deliberate on important issues related to strengthening of statistical system which includes imparting independence and impartiality to official statistics, improving horizontal and vertical coordination of statistical activities across departments, institutional strengthening of State Statistical System and development of local panchayat Raj level statistics and its integration with the State Statistical System for local level development.