Work on 6th Economic Census begins in State

By Our Reporter

 

Governor RS Mooshahary fills up the Census schedule at Raj Bhawan on Monday. (ST)
Governor RS Mooshahary fills up the Census schedule at Raj Bhawan on Monday. (ST)

SHILLONG: The survey for the Sixth Economic Census kick started in the State on Monday with the first citizen of Meghalaya, Governor RS Mooshahary, being enumerated at the Raj Bhawan by the census officials from the Directorate of Economics and Statistics.

The team conducting the survey is led by Arnel Marbaniang, Director of Economics and Statistics. Marbaniang also briefed Mooshahary on the importance of the census.

Under the Collection of Statistics Act 2008, the Directorate of Economics and Statistics, in collaboration with the Central Statistics Office, Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation is conducting the VI Economic Census in Meghalaya during the month of June-July 2013. The Economic Census is the official count of all the establishments, both household and non-household, located in the country.

So far, 5 (five) such Economic Census have been conducted in the country during 1977, 1980, 1990 and 2005. The census data

has provided a database for undertaking follow up surveys by National Sample Survey Office, and other Government and non-government agencies to study the structure and composition of the various industrial sectors and their contribution.

The data collected through the economic census will be of immense use for improving the database of the state economy and also the country’s as a whole for micro level planning and policy formulation with respect to various economic activities and it would enable policy makers and analyst to assess the impact of economic liberalization process on entrepreneurial activities especially in the unorganized sector.

In this census, establishments located in a house, markets, industrial areas etc. will be covered without exception of both registered and un-registered. Further, establishments of mobile vendors will also be captured in the census at their residents and others at fixed location.

Altogether, 3083 enumerators and 1541 supervisors are being engaged throughout the State for the whole exercise and services of unemployed youth are being utilized for the purpose.

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