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27th Conference of Central and State Statistical Organizations (COCSSO) held in Kolkata, West Bengal
27th Conference of Central and State Statistical Organizations (COCSSO) was held in Kolkata, West Bengal from November 11-12, 2019. The theme of this conference was “Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)” which highlights the actions taken by the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI) for a strong observing mechanism for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Prof. Bimal K Roy, Chairman, National statistical commission (NSC) inaugurated this conference.
COCSSO-This annual event was first organized in 1971 by MoSPI. COCSSO is a major national forum that produces coordination between the Central and State Statistical Agencies.
Key Points: –
i.Aim- It provides a platform to bring all stakeholders together and discuss about the statistical matter of interest.
ii.Participants- Delegations including Shri Pravin Srivastava, Chief Statistician of India-cum- Secretary, Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI), Government of India. Dr. G. C. Manna, Member, National Statistical Commission, Shri Vijay Kumar, Director General (Surveys), National Statistical Office and Shri T. K. Sanyal, Director General (Economic Statistics), National Statistical Office were also present on the occasion. Representatives from Central Government Ministries, State Governments, international agencies, academic institutions, corporate sector, community organizations, and other stakeholders participated in the conference.
On November 9, 2019 the Supreme Court (SC) gave its final judgment on the long disputed Ayodhya case to construct a Ram temple at Ayodhya site in Uttar Pradesh. It has also directed the centre to allocate a separate land of 5 acres for the Sunni Waqf Board for building a Mosque. A 5-member SC constitution bench, headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi announced the Ayodhya Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title suit case.
- A trust should be formed within 3 months for the construction of the Ram temple under the provisions of the Acquisition of Certain Area at Ayodhya Act 1993.
- Mosque should be constructed at a prominent site.
- 2.77-acre land rights to be handed over to the deity Ram Lalla, who was one of the three litigants in the case.
i.5-member bench: The 5-member SC constitution bench, comprised of justices Sharad Arvind Bobde, Dhananjaya Yeshwant Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan, Abdul Nazeer and Ranjan Gogoi (head).
ii.ASI report: The Archaeological Survey of India(ASI) reported the existence of Ram temple at Janmasthan, and the court noted that according to the ASI, Babar’s Masjid (mosque) was built on the very spot where the old temple Janmasthan stood.
iii.Dispute: There was a dispute among three parties – Ram Lalla, Sunni Waqf Board and the Nirmohi Akhara for the land.
- According to the Ramayana, Lord Rama was born in Ayodhya. Mir Baqi, one of the generals of India’s 1st mughal emperor Babur, built the Babri Masjid (“Babur’s Mosque”) in 1528 on his orders.
- The land on which the medieval mosque, Babri Masjid, stood is traditionally considered by Hindus to be the birthplace of the Hindu deity, Rama, and was at the core of the Ayodhya dispute.
- In 1949, after India’s independence, an idol of Ram was placed inside the mosque, which triggered the dispute.
About Uttar Pradesh:
Chief Minister(CM)- Yogi Adityanath
Governor- Anandiben Patel.