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• Union government has announced that the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) will be merged with the Central Statistics Office (CSO) to form the National Statistical Office (NSO). • The NSO will be headed by the Secretary of the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MOSPI). The order states that the proposed NSO would be headed by Secretary (Statistics and Programme Implementation), but skips any mention of National Statistical Commission (NSC), which has been the overseeing body for all the statistical work done in the country. The order also does not equate the Secretary (Statistics and Programme Implementation) with the Chief Statistician of India as was done in the earlier resolution notified by the MoSPI on 1st June, 2005. There is a concern that with the merger of NSSO and CSO, the autonomy of NSSO will go away and the NSC’s control over NSSO will not be there. NSC oversees all technical aspects of the statistical work–which survey needs to be done, when and how it needs to be done. The order for restructuring the Indian official statistics system has been issued in order to streamline and strengthen the present nodal functions of the ministry and to bring in more synergy by integrating its administrative functions within the ministry.

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