Capacity development scheme

Why in News?

  • The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved continuation of the Capacity Development Scheme for the period 2017-18 to 2019-20.

Capacity Development Scheme:

  • The CDS is an Central Sector Scheme of MoSPI.
  • The overall objective of the scheme is to augment infrastructural, technical as well as manpower resources for making available credible and timely. Official Statistics for policy makers and public at large.
  • The major ongoing activities under the CDS include augmenting resources for bringing out important statistical products, such as GDP, CPI, IIP etc.
  • It includes other statistical classifications such as conducting various Socio-Economic surveys, capacity building and strengthening statistical coordination, and improving IT infrastructure.
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  • Periodic Labour Force Survey (PLFS), a continuous survey to assess quarterly labour data in urban areas and annual labour data for the whole country (urban and rural areas), was launched in April, 2017 under the scheme.

Sub-schemes under CDS:

  • The CDS has two Sub-schemes, Economic Census and Support for Statistical Strengthening (SSS).
  • Under Economic Census, listing of all non-agricultural establishments is undertaken periodically, which forms the basis for conducting detailed socio-economic surveys.
  •  The last (6l) Economic Census was conducted during January, 2013 to April, 2014 and the Government now aims to conduct the Census once every three years in future.
  •  The SSS Sub-scheme is to strengthen State/ Sub-State level statistical systems/ infrastructure to facilitate development of a robust national system.
  •  Funds are released to States/ UTs for this purpose after detailed examination of their proposals.
  •  More Surveys in basket:
  • In view of the requirement for better statistical coverage of sectors/areas, in addition to the regular ongoing activities, the Ministry proposes to also take up three new surveys under the CDS.
  • These include Time Use Survey (TUS), Annual Survey of Service Sector Enterprises (ASSSE), and Annual Survey of Unincorporated Sector Enterprises (ASUSE).
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