Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday said the country should evolve national quality standards for statistics and enhance coordination between the state governments and the Central government.
While inaugurating the first Statistical Day on occasion of birth anniversary of renowned statistician P C Mahalanobis, Singh said, “Of the wide-ranging mandate that we have given to the National Statistical Commission, two are of particular importance. The first is to evolve and lay down national quality standards. Secondly, the commission should focus on improving statistical coordination among ministries, departments and state governments.”
The PM also said that the arms length relationship between the commission and the government should provide credibility and transparency to the statistical system and improve the level of confidence that the people have in official data. It would help in improving both the completeness and the accuracy of the data collected, he said.
Singh said as India moved towards becoming a knowledge economy and integrate with the international economic order, the hallmark of the country’s reputation will be the credibility and transparency of its statistical system. He also paid his tributes to Professor Mahalanobis.