India’s seventh Economic Census began from Tripura on Monday, and a similar task would be launched in other states and Union Territories across the country next month, according to officials. ‘The three-month long fieldwork of seventh Economic Census launched today in Tripura. The fieldwork in other states and Union Territories would be undertaken in August and September,’ shared Economic Census nodal officer Arup Kumar Chanda.
He also informed that the IT-enabled economic census would be done by the Common Service Centres (CSC) in each gram panchayat. The enumerators and supervisors engaged by the CSCs have been trained to collect data on mobile application developed for data capture, validation, report generation and dissemination.
At least 6,000 enumerators and supervisors, who are unemployed youths, are being engaged to conduct the Economic Census in Tripura. An official release stated that the data would be collected through door to door survey of each household and commercial establishment under the provisions of Collection of Statistics Act 2008. Household and establishment-level data collected would be kept strictly confidential and used only for developmental planning and statistical purposes by the state, Union Territory and central governments. After completion of data collection and processing, the statistical results of the economic census would be released.
The seventh economic census is being conducted by Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation.