Odisha Launches Sixth Economic Census Operations

Bhubanswar: The Sixth Economic operations have been given ground level with launching of 2 days Master Trainers Training Programme from today. Target has been set to complete the operation within two months. The progress regarding the operations was reviewed today at a meetinh chaired by Odisha Chief Secretary Bijay Kumar Patnaik also present in the meeting were Dr. T.C.A. Ananta, Secretary, Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, Government of India, Development Commissioner, Govt of Odisha and Development Commissioner Jugal Kishore Mohapatra.

It came to light that the present census will provide frame to access contribution of various sectors of economic to follow up surveys. All establishments located within Odisha will be counted in this Census. So far there have been 5 economic censuses in the State. The present census is the 6th one in series. It has been planned to cover around 96,000 enumeration blocks within May-June, 2013.

In the meanwhile 24,000 Enumerators and Supervisors have been identified. They have been mostly taken from Departments like, Education, Agriculture, Panchayati Raj, ST & SC Development and Directorate of Economic Survey. The State Level Training of Master Trainers has been conducted. The Collectors have been designated as District Economic Census Officer. A whole range of officers from Block to State Head Quarter have been declared as Census functionaries. It has been decided to use ICR Technology for processing of schedules.

Chief Secretary Patnaik is said to have advised functionaries to give wide publicity about the census at Village and panchayat levels. He has further stated that functionaries to collect data from primary sources covering various sectors of economic activities and livelihood operations. The Secretary, Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation Dr. Ananta also requested the census officers and functionaries to take personal interest in the matter, since it is a wide and intensive operation. The functionaries from State to block level have been directed to work in pre-planned manner for completing the operation within the schedule time. Sri Patnaik has asked them to collect the actual data so that they can be useful inputs for realistic planning. T.V. Raman, Deputy Director General and V.K. Arora, Additional Director General, Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, Government of India along with other senior officers also participated in the discussion.

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