The Census provides a crucial set of data for framing policies and planning for the government.
The standing committee on finance has come down heavily on the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI) for delay in release of the 7th Economic Census data that captures the geographical spread of economic activities, ownership pattern, and people engaged in the establishments.
The 7th Economic Census was launched in 2019 and it took more than three years to complete the survey, except in West Bengal and a few pockets of Andaman & Nicobar Islands, due to disruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. The Census provides a crucial set of data for framing policies and planning for the government. The committee has observed that the undue delay could make the data irrelevant.
The committee in its 44th report tabled in Parliament
First Published: Aug 08 2022 | 11:23 PM IST