The state government is waiting for the nod from the Central governments Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation for the last more than three months to prepare the census report on the economic indicators like poverty,unemployment and income. The survey for the economic census report,that was to begin in October last year,started in February this year and the entire exercise was completed till April,but there is no decision yet on whether the government will prepare the software data base of voluminous data on its own or hire a private agency. The government is waiting for the central clearance on the issue.
In Panchkula,the survey started in February and as many as 545 enumerators and supervisors were deployed in the district for the job of data collection. The data was also collected by unemployed youth and out of the total staff that was deployed,256 enumerators were unemployed youths,besides 93 supervisors.
Joint Director Economic and Statistical Analysis department N R Sheoran said the data has been collected from households and enterprises and the state is waiting for the Central nod on use of a private agency that will compile the data related to different economic indicators like employment and income levels of people.
As of now,officials said they could not compile the data which has been collected from the field by the enumerators and supervisors and a large set of data collected on the schedule papers has not been fed into the computers.
The work has to be done by a private agency as the government is currently facing shortage of staff to carry out the complicated job. Officials point out that there was shortage of staff at the District Statistical Office (DSO) in the city and even the officials working were less than the sanctioned strength.
At the DSO,against the sanctioned strength of 10 officials,there were only seven officials working as of now.
The data collection is on such economic indicators as the number of people employed in a particular house,a business house,level of income is expected to help the officials better frame their policies.
District Statistical Officer (DSO) M S Luhach said the survey has been done but the compilation of data is yet to start and final report of the city is expected to be ready in a years time.
Joint Director,Economic and Statistics,said there were a number of reasons for the delayed start of the survey earlier. The weather was the main reason for us to time the data collection in February-April period,as in winters and rains it is difficult for field staff to move from house to house. Also,due to the corporation elections,the survey got delayed,he said.
For the survey work,a large chunk of government officials was drawn from the state education departments non teaching staff,a senior official said.