Context: Recently the Government of India had appointed Rajeeva Laxman Karandikar, Professor Emeritus at Chennai Mathematical Institute (CMI), as the part-time chairperson of the National Statistical Commission (NSC) of India for a period of three years.
About National Statistical Commission (NSC):
- The Government of India through a resolution dated 1st June, 2005 set up the National Statistical Commission (NSC).
- The setting up of the NSC followed the decision of the Cabinet to accept the recommendations of the Rangarajan Commission, which reviewed the Indian Statistical System in 2001.
- The NSC was constituted with effect from 12th July 2006 with a mandate to evolve policies, priorities and standards in statistical matters.
- The Commission has a part-time Chairperson, four part-time Members and an ex-officio Member.
- The Chief Statistician of India, the post created specifically as the Head of the National Statistical Office is the Secretary of the Commission.
- He/she is also the Secretary to the Government of India in the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation.
- The commission has also been entrusted with the functions of the Governing Council of the National Sample Survey Office which include overseeing the conduct of National Sample Surveys (NSS) on various socioeconomic subjects through the NSSO and the State Directorate of Economics and Statistics.
- It is an autonomous organization works under Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation.
Source: The Hindu