SSS Scheme

 

Support for Statistical Strengthening (SSS) Scheme

 

  • Under the SSS Scheme, financial support is provided to the State/UTs Governments for strengthening and capacity building of their statistical systems.
  • The scheme is implemented through the State Directorates of Economics & Statistics (DES) based on the activities detailed in an MOU signed between Government of India and the respective State/UT.
  • In the beginning, funds were allocated to 14 states. Later on, this was reviewed in 2014-15 and allocations were made available to new states [by revising/right-sizing allocations of 14 states, on the basis of expenditure incurred upto August 2014]. The allocations had been made to various states in 12 components, on objective basis.
  • The Scheme is presently being implemented in 14 States, which are in various stages of completion.The financial status in respect of these States is summarized at Annexure I.
  • While Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand among the newly implementing States joined the scheme in 2015-16, implementation in these and other new states was kept in abeyance due to change in pattern of scheme from Centrally Sponsored to Central Sector. Subsequently, it was decided in 19 new States/UTs[as perAnnexure II],support will not be provided for any physical infrastructure and IT hardware activities.Now, allocations are made for 9 components [as per Annexure-III].Thescheme is to be completed by March, 2020.
  • The State Programmes of the new States are in various stages of approval/finalization. For Himachal Pradesh, Assam and Daman & Diu, the programmes have been approved already and that for few more States such as Puducherry, Uttarakhand, UP and Tripura are also  finalized. The State programmes of others are at advanced stage of finalization.

 

Financial Status

  • Total allocation for the Scheme                             :        Rs. 650.43 crore
  • Amount released (as on 31st March 2018)          :        Rs. 276.36 crore
  • Reported Utilization   (as on 31st March 2018)   :        Rs. 232.69 crore (84.2%)

 

Achievements of SSS Scheme in currently implementing States

The Scheme has enabled the currently implementing States to compile village/local level statistics, create integrated State databases, type studies and surveys to address data gaps on State Income Estimates, compilation of core indicators such as Consumer Price Index (CPI), State Index of Industrial Production (IIP), reviews of Line Departments, workshops, training programmes for statistical personnel, awareness campaigns for statistics, formation of technical/expert groups, strengthening of Physical and IT infrastructure etc.

 

 

 

Annexure- I

Status of currently implementing States (as on 31.03.2018)

(Amounts in Rs. crore)

 

States

Allocation

Funds Released

Utilization

(as per Report of month, year)

 

1

2

3

4

5

 

I. States/UTs for which funds released fully and only a few activities remaining

 

1

Gujarat

28.57

28.57

25.93

(Mar.18)

 

2

Karnataka

27.07

27.07

26.45

(Mar.18)

 

3

Kerala

15.09

15.09

9.44

(Mar.18)

 

4

Mizoram

15.27

15.27

15.27

(Mar.18)

 

5

Rajasthan

34.71

34.71

34.59

(Mar.18)

 

6

Sikkim

16.68

16.61

14.79

(Jan.18)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

II. States/UTs for which major portion of final installment released

 

7

Andhra Pradesh

14.99

14.58

11.29

(Mar.18)

 

8

Odisha

28.91

25.07

19.53

(Dec.17)

 

9

Tamil Nadu

19.42

18.53

18.45

(Feb.18)

 
 

10

Telangana

12.40

12.30

11.24

(Mar.18)

 

11

West Bengal

20.52

18.90

16.45

(Mar.18)

 

III. States/UTs for which final installment yet to be released

 

12

Manipur

20.69

14.89

14.03

(Mar.18)

 

13

Bihar

20.23

17.64

6.00

(Nov.17)

 

14

Jharkhand

12.68

5.29

2.30

(Feb.18)

 

 

 Total

287.24

264.52 *

225.76

 

 

* This excludes Rs. 6.10 crore released to Uttar Pradesh, and Rs. 4.10 crore to Uttarakhand respectively [i.eRs. 10.20 crore], These States had joined in 2015-16,were advised to revise their State Programmes byexcluding physical infrastructure and IT hardware after the SSS scheme became a Central Sector Scheme. They have reported utilization ofRs. 3.44 crore and Rs. 2.78 crore, respectively out of the released fund.

     This also excludes Rs. 1.64 crore seed money released in 2010-11,to other new willing States.

 

 

Annexure II

New States/UTs to be covered under the SSS Scheme

S.NO

State/UTs

1

Arunachal Pradesh

 

2

Assam

3

Chhattisgarh

4

Delhi

5

Haryana

6

Himachal Pradesh

7

Jammu and Kashmir

8

Madhya Pradesh

9

Maharashtra

10

Meghalaya

11

Nagaland

12

Puducherry

13

Punjab

14

Tripura

15

Uttarakhand

16

Uttar Pradesh

17

Andaman & Nicobar

18

Dadra & Nagar Haveli

19

Daman and Diu

 

 

 

 

 

Annexure III

Activities that are eligible under 9 Components of SSS Scheme

S.

No.

Components

Activities

1

Preparation of State Strategic Statistical Plan(SSSP) and signing of MOU by States with Govt. of India

-

2

Statistical Applications

Preparation of requisite software, modules, creation of data bases, web-based applications, etc.

3

Implementation of recommendations of Technical Groups/Bodies for filling up existing and expected/emerging data gaps, including State/UT specific additionalities

Development of methodologies/tabulation plans/designing of schedules, analysis work, compilations, generations of indicators, etc.

This will be accomplished through formation of Expert Groups, meetings of Line Depts. and stakeholders, engagement of Consultants, data entry operators, etc.Setting up of States Statistical Commission, as a follow up of NSC recommendations, can be taken up here.

4

HRD issues, with a focus on Training for Capacity Development and Skills Enhancement/ upgradation, including support to Regional Training Centres.

Training programmes, both induction trainings, refresher trainings and specific trainings for core statistics. Cost of training material, conduct of trainings, experts, etc. are not shown separately but subsumed in the trainings.

            States can take up issues relating to cadre, filling up ofvacant posts, etc. as part of State Government commitment

5

Introduction of Innovative Techniques and Methodologies forimproving the efficacy of statistical processes and operations

Innovative techniques and methodologies, with clearly defined goals and targets

6

Holding of regular/periodic User-Producer dialogues, stake-holders' consultations and Conduct of periodicsurveys on user-satisfaction.

Meetings with State Govts. agencies, field functionaries of different departments, meetings with stake-holders, user groups, etc.

7

Dissemination of Annual Reports on the performance of State Statistical Systems and improving the cost effectiveness and ease of data access.

Dissemination of data, reports, and evaluation of State Statistical Systems,etc.

8

Data quality and efficiency improvement measures.

Conductof surveys/ studies/censuses; the cost involved is for hiring data collectors, inspections/ visits, printing schedules, etc. for the data collection work

9

Advocacy Issues viz. Publicity and IEC (Information, Education and Communication) to improve usage of Statistical Products & services

Awareness building activities and campaigns

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