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Data During Disasters: Do Indian statistics meet the requirements?

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Abstract

Data remains crucial for both implementation and assessment of any policy intervention in an economy. The evaluation of the Development Goals shows that India has achieved a lot in terms of the parameters set by the United Nations. However all this achievements has suffered a massive setback due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The pandemic has also has affected important regular surveys of the MoSPI as it has created hindrance to collection of data. Thus in order to design better policy interventions there are requirement for alternative and unique ways to collect data and design indicators based on the same.

About the Speaker

Dr. Pronab Sen is Country Director, International Growth Centre's India Programme, and is Editor, Indian Journal of National Income & Wealth. He is also a member of the High-level Expert Group on Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress (OECD) and the Technical Advisory Group of the International Comparison Project (World Bank).

Previously he was Chairman of the National Statistical Commission, the first Principal Economic Adviser at India's Planning Commission, the first Chief Statistician of India, and Secretary, Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation. He was the principal author and coordinator of three Five Year Plans and Mid-term Appraisals. He has chaired a number of government Committees, most notably on Economic Statistics, Ecological Fragility, Control of Prices of Essential Drugs, and Slums.

Dr. Sen received his B.A. (Hons) in Economics from St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi (1972); M.B.A. (1974) and M.A. in Economics (1975) from the George Washington University; and Ph.D. in Economics (1982) from the Johns Hopkins University.


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