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Raghav reviews progress of 7th Economic Census 

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SRINAGAR: Secretary PD&MD, Raghav Langer, today had a detailed review of the conduct of 7th Economic census in the UT and release of provisional results drawn thereafter.

The meeting was attended by DG, Economics & Statistics; District Development Commissioners, Officers from the National Survey Organization, DSEOs and other officers of the department.

The Secretary urged the enumerators and other officers to be diligent and accurate in collecting the data as per the given proforma. He termed the data highly useful and called the document so produced visionary for making future planning for the nation. He said that it not only helps in measuring the progress of the country but also a pivot for the development of the nation.

Emphasizing he observed that the same data is highly trustworthy and is used by researchers, planners, bankers, industrialists and academicians alike in bolstering their respective activities. He called for making a document more robust and inclusive than the previous one for the benefit of many more sectors and communities of our society.

It was given out that the census would be fully ICT based operation using a customized software for quick and broad-based results. It was said that after the census a nationwide Business Register as per international practices adopted by developing countries and in line with UNSD recommendations would be structured.

It was further revealed that detailed information on economic variables, activity-wise, of all the non‐agricultural establishments of the country including its distribution at all India, State, district, village/ward levels for comprehensive analysis of the structure of the economy is expected out of this exercise.

Further information on establishments registered under MSME  Development Act, their assets and other economic criteria, Activity wise/Area wise information on number of workers working in establishments, List of all establishments tagged by geographical location up to village/ward level for local-level planning purposes would be made available by virtue of 7th Economic Census. 

Pertinent to mention here that conducting periodic Economic Census has been the means of measuring the diversity of non-farm economic activities in all its major dimensions. The First Economic Census was conducted throughout the country during 1977 in collaboration with the States/Union Territories (UTs).

The subsequent censuses were conducted in the years 1980, 1990, 1998, 2005. The 6th and the latest census was conducted back in 2013, as was given in the meeting.

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