Standing Committee on Statistics (SCoS)
Context: The Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI) has replaced the Standing Committee on Economic Statistics (SCES) with a Standing Committee on Statistics (SCoS). Background:
News Source: The Hindu
- About SCES: The SCES was formed in late 2019 to examine economic indicators related to the industrial sector, services sector, and labor force statistics.
- Limited Purview: The SCES had a restricted scope and focused on datasets like the Periodic Labour Force Survey(PLFS), Annual Survey of Industries(ASI), Index of Industrial Production(IIP), and Economic Census.
- Non-performance: ‘Data quality issues‘ were cited as the reason why the most recent round of household surveys on consumption expenditure and employment were withdrawn.
- Broader Mandate of SCoS: To overcome the limitations, the SCoS was established with a wider mandate.
- It is responsible for reviewing all surveys conducted under the National Statistical Office (NSO).
- Reviewing All Surveys: The SCoS is tasked with reviewing the framework and results of all surveys conducted under the National Statistical Office (NSO).
- Data Gap Identification: The SCoS is responsible for identifying data gaps in official statistics. It will pinpoint areas where data is lacking and devise strategies to address these gaps.
- Exploring Administrative Statistics: The committee is mandated to explore the use of administrative statistics to improve data outcomes.
- Technical Advisory Role: The SCoS will provide technical advice to the Ministry on various aspects of surveys, including sampling frame, design, survey methodology, and finalization of results.
|Members||28 members (including 10 non-official members)||10 official members, 4 non-official members (eminent academics) The number of members can be up to 16.|
|Chairperson||Pronab Sen||Pronab Sen|
|Mandate||Review economic indicators for specific sectors||Review all surveys conducted under the National Statistical Office (NSO)|
|Purview||Limited to datasets of specific economic indicators (e.g., Periodic Labour Force Survey, Annual Survey of Industries)||Broader mandate with enhanced terms of reference to ensure more coverage|