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Who has been appointed as new Chief Statistician?

The government has appointed G P Samanta as the new Chief Statisticianof India for a period of two years. Samanta was till now an adviser in the RBI's Department of Statistics and Information Management. Samanta is India’s fourth CSI.
Kshatrapati Shivaji, a 1986-batch Maharashtra cadre IAS officer, was given additional charge as MoSPI secretary in September last year after the tenure of Pravin Srivastava ended on August 31, 2020.

The government had then said the CSI will be the head of the National Statistical Organisation and secretary of the National Statistical Commission, and have tenure of three years.

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 on agricultural households, too come under the CSI’s domain.
Published date : 13 Mar 2021 04:15PM

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