Govt boosting credibility of official statistical system: V-P

Vice President Hamid Ansari on Tuesday said the government was committed to strengthening the "credibility and transparency" of the official statistical system.

New Delhi: Vice President Hamid Ansari
on Tuesday said the government was committed to strengthening the
"credibility and transparency" of the official statistical
system and it was in process of implementing recommendations
of a commission formed in this regard.

"In 2005, government had set up the National Statistical
Commission with mandate to serve as the nodal body for all
core statistical activities to evolve and lay down national
quality standards... Government is in the process of
implementing its various recommendations," he said.
The Vice President was speaking at a `Statistics Day`
function here.

The objective of NSC`s constitution was to reduce the
problems faced by statistical agencies in the country in
relation to collection of data.

Commenting on the theme of `child statistics`, he said
the need to put in a framework for children`s right to
survival, protection and development was well-recognised.

Ansari said the child population of the country can
propel it to greater heights but the reality was otherwise.

"Every third malnourished child in the world lives in
India; every second Indian child is underweight; three out of
four children in India are anaemic, and every second new-born
has reduced learning capacity due to iodine deficiency," he
said.

Ansari said a systematic compilation of statistical
information on children can guide policy makers and planners
in improving the situation of children in the country.

Congratulating the Chief Statistician of India for
setting up the `India Forum on Child Statistics`, he said, "I
hope that it would foster coordination and collaboration and
improve the credibility and transparency in the collection and
reporting of statistical data on our children and the families
they come from."
The forum has been set up by various ministries and
departments of the government as an institutional mechanism
comprising all major stakeholders dealing with child-related
issues.

Observing that public profile of statisticians has
declined since the time of statisticians such as Prasanta
Chandra Mahalanobis, Ansari said, "we must do everything we
can to improve the working conditions and status of our
statistics fraternity in the government."

`Statistics Day` is celebrated in honour of P C
Mahalanobis.

PTI

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