The Union Cabinet approved for the continuation of the Capacity Development (CD) scheme of Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation (MoSPI) till 31st March 2026 or further review, whichever is earlier with an outlay of Rs. 3,179 crore approved during 15th Finance Commission.
- The scheme comprises the main scheme, capacity development and two sub schemes viz. Support for Statistical Strengthening (SSS) and Economic Census (EC).
About Capacity Building (CD) Scheme:
The CD scheme is an ongoing Central Sector Scheme (CSS) of the Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation (MoSPI) with an overall objective to augment infrastructural, technical and manpower resources for enabling availability of credible and timely official statistics.
- The CD scheme contains all statistical and data management activities of MoSPI that generates and maintains the official statistical system of India.
- The scheme also facilitates evidence-based decision making and for policy planning by the government.
i.Support for Statistical Strengthening (SSS) is an ongoing sub scheme of the CD Scheme, which aims to improve the statistical capacity and operations of State Statistical Systems for collecting, compiling and disseminating reliable official statistics.
About Economic Census(EC):
i.Economic Census (EC) sub-scheme conducted periodically gives the complete count of all non-farm economic establishments located within the geographical boundary of India.
ii.Economic Census provides disaggregated information on various operational and structural variables of all such establishments of the country.
iii.Its database provides valuable inputs for policy makers to design economic development and employment generation related strategies in States/Districts.
i.Ministry is to continue the following newly initiated surveys, namely, Annual Survey of Services Sector Enterprises (ASSSE), Annual Survey of Unincorporated Sector Enterprises (ASUSE) and Time Use Survey (TUS).
ii.The surveys namely ASSSE and ASUSE will bridge the existing data gap for information required in the services sector and un-incorporated sector, which contributes to a major share in Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The TUS provides data on activities of individuals, particularly time disposition of women, which are not presently reflected in country’s GDP.
About Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation (MoSPI):
Ministers of state (independent Charges) – Rao Inderjit Singh (Gurugram, Haryana)