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Statistical system to be modernised

By Our Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI, APRIL 11. The Union Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation is modernising the statistical system with World Bank support. The programme, `Modernisation of statistical system in India' is already in progress under which the sub-project implementation plan for Tier-1 of the main project is in progress. The Department of Economic Affairs has cleared the sub-project as an economic reforms programme.

Tier-1 of the project, according to an official statement here, includes several components such as establishment of an all-India statistical network; strengthening of the state statistical system, study of business register; study on service sector statistics and study of assessing the survey capabilities of the private sector. The implementation of the sub-project has also been initiated.

The action on engaging agencies for conducting study of various components of Tier-1 has also begun, as scheduled. Contracts for each of the component, except for the study on the establishment of the all-India statistical network, are likely to be finalised soon. However, all studies relating to Tier-1 project are poised for completion as programmed.

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