A book on Annual Price Bulletin 2022 & NSS 75th Round Reports- i) Household Social Consumption: health and ii) Household Social Consumption: Education, were released by Advisor to Chief Minister, Abu Metha at the Conference Hall of Economics & Statistics Directorate on 18 August 2022.
While speaking at the programme, Commissioner & Secretary, Kevileno Angami said that the Department has been declared as the nodal agency for collection of data, for coalition, publication and dissemination of data for the State. The Department has a huge task of collecting authentic, factual data. Coalition, tabulation and dissemination of data is critical for policy formulation. She further said that gathering, analyzing and interpreting data aids in many decision making process and if false data were to be collected, the State’s policies would be faulty.
Honoured to release the new publications by the Dept. of Economics & Statistics. Factual info & scientific data must be the basis of programme formulation & implementation at all levels. This dept. has been a backbone of the Govt. for over 50 yrs. Congrats & best wishes always. pic.twitter.com/jsWnJ4VvEE
— abu metha (@abumetha) August 18, 2022
Advisor to CM, Abu Metha mentioned that the Department is the source and the backbone of all the Departments in the State. Metha said that it is necessary for any government especially the State to ensure accurate information and any policies, programmes which concerns the welfare of the people.
He stated that Government initiatives such should be backed up by factual data and scientific data. Strategies should be formulated and data and information should not only be the foundation of research and progress but they should also be available for students in schools and colleges. He added that the Department’s books and publications and the journey that it goes through are the basis of every other department’s works. He asked the officials of the department to use their channels with other departments so as to reach the corridors of power which will help enter the mind of the policy makers to reach the grassroot level.
Metha urged the department to make maximum use of technology which will boost transparency and meritocracy in the State which in turn will also be the basis of good governance. The way forward is through the advancement of technology and he asked the department to find ways to push the State ahead to establish numerical benchmarks and to ensure that policies are meeting initial aims and identifying any areas which require improvement.
The programme was chaired by Addl. Director, Charles N. Kikon while Director, Neidilhou Angami gave the welcome address and Economics & Statistics Officer, Visi Yhokha concluded the programme with the vote of thanks.