Process to appoint new chief statistician to the Ministry of Statistics begins


NEW DELHI: India has begun the process of selecting the country’s next chief statistician and secretary to the ministry of statistics and programme implementation (MoSPI). The tenure of present chief statistician Pravin Srivastava ends August 31. He was appointed third chief statistician of India (CSI) in October 2018.

The ministry on Monday said the CSI will be the head of the National Statistical Organisation and secretary of the National Statistical Commission, and have a tenure of three years.

“A search committee constituted by the government will recommend a panel of names for filling the vacancy,” MoSPI said, adding that the applicants have to be Indian nationals with “proven statistical and managerial experience in a large statistical organisation”.


The CSI’s responsibilities include coming out with key economic data such as national accounts that encompasses gross domestic product along with macroeconomic indicators such as industrial production, retail inflation and the employment-unemployment numbers through the Periodic Labour Force Survey.

The Annual Survey of Industries, Economic Census, Consumer Expenditure Survey and other surveys surveys on agricultural households, too come under the CSI’s domain.

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