Dec. 29, 2019

The Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MOSPI) has constituted a 28-member Standing Committee on Statistics (SCES) chaired by former Chief Statistician Pronab Sen.


  • The high-level panel under Pronab Sen will review and develop the country’s surveys on employment, industry and services sector amid criticism of official statistics.

  • It will review the existing framework of data sources, indicators and definitions of index of industrial production, periodic labour force survey, time use survey, economic census and unorganised sector statistics, among others.

  • The SCES will subsume in it the four standing committees on labour force statistics, industrial statistics, services sector and unincorporated sector enterprises.

  • Earlier, in March this year, expressing concern over “political interference” in influencing statistical data in India, as many as 108 economists and social scientists had called for restoration of “institutional independence” and integrity to the statistical organisations.