1.2 Composition and Terms of Reference

  • 1.2.1 The composition of the National Statistical Commission is as follows:
Sr. No. Name Designation
1 Dr. C.Rangarajan, Governor, Andhra Pradesh, Hyderabad Chairman
2 Shri V.R. Rao, Ex-Director, Central Statistical Organization and UN Adviser, Hyderabad Member
3 Shri S.M. Vidwans, Ex-Director, Directorate of Economics and Statistics, Government of Maharashtra and UN Expert, Mumbai Member
4 Professor J. Roy, Professor Emeritus, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata Member
5 Dr. Prem Narain, Emeritus Scientist, Indian Agricultural Research Institute and Ex-Director, Indian Agricultural Statistics Research Institute, New Delhi Member
6 Dr. Rakesh Mohan, Director General, National Council of Applied Economic Research, New Delhi Member
7 Dr. V.R. Panchamukhi, Director General, Research and Information System for the Non-Aligned and Other Developing Countries, New Delhi Member
8 Dr. Y. Venugopal Reddy, Deputy Governor, Reserve Bank of India, Mumbai Member
9 Dr. K. Srinivasan, Executive Director, Population Foundation of India and Ex-Director of International Institute of Population Studies, New Delhi Member
10 Professor S. Tendulkar, Delhi School of Economics and Vice-Chairman, National Advisory Board on Statistics, New Delhi Member
11 Dr. A.B.L. Srivastava, Chief Consultant, Educational Consultants India Ltd. and Ex-Professor, National Council of Educational Research and Training, New Delhi Member
12 Dr. Fredie Ardeshir Mehta, Eminent Economist and Director, M/s Tata Sons Ltd., Mumbai Member
  • 1.2.2 The Terms of Reference for the National Statistical Commission are as follows:
    • To examine critically the deficiencies of the present statistical system in terms of timeliness, reliability and adequacy;
    • To recommend measures to correct the deficiencies and revamp the statistical system to generate timely and reliable statistics for the purpose of policy and planning in Government at different levels of administrative structure;
    • To recommend permanent and effective coordinating mechanism for ensuring integrated development of the decentralised statistical system in the country;
    • To review the existing legislation for the collection of statistical information and to recommend amendments, where necessary, to achieve the objective of collection and dissemination of timely, reliable and adequate statistics;
    • To review the existing organization of the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (Statistics Wing) and other statistical units of the Government and to make recommendations on their staffing and training requirements to enable them to cope with the increase and development of statistical services;
    • To examine the need for instituting statistical audit of the range of services provided by the Government and local bodies and make suitable recommendations thereof; and
    • To recommend any other measures for improving the statistical system in the country.
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