The Government of India has been celebrating (late) Professor Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis‘ birth anniversary, on 29th June, as “Statistics Day” to honor his contributions to statistics and economic planning.
The main event of Statistics Day, 2022 was held at the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) Convention Centre, New Delhi, a physical-virtual event. It was also part of a week-long celebration by Ministry of Statistics and Program Implementation (MoSPI), over Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, a Govt initiative to mark 75 years of India’s independence. The Chief Guest of the event, Rao Inderjit Singh, Hon’ble Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) of Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI), Ministry of Planning and Minister of State of Ministry of Corporate Affairs, addressed the participants through virtual mode. On the occasion, Prof. Bimal Kumar Roy, Chairman, National Statistical Commission (NSC), and Dr. G. P. Samanta, Chief Statistician of India & Secretary, MoSPI, addressed the participants.
At the event, the winners of the National Awards were honoured. This year, Prof. P.C. Mahalanobis National Award in Official Statistics, 2022 was jointly awarded to Shri Dilip Kumar Sinha, Deputy Director General, MoSPI and Dr. K. P. Suresh, Principal Scientist, National Institute of Veterinary, Epidemiology and Disease Informatics (NIVEDI), Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR). Further, Prof. P.V. Sukhatme National Award for lifetime contribution in the field of statistics, 2022 was conferred upon Dr. Padam Singh, Former Member, National Statistical Commission. The winners of ‘On the Spot Essay Writing Competition, 2022’ were also felicitated in the event.
A brief presentation on the theme of Statistics Day, 2022 was made by MoSPI. Mr Shombi Sharp, UN Resident Coordinator to India and Dr Sanjay Kumar, National Programme Officer, UNFPA also addressed the participants on the theme of Statistics Day, 2022.
The Sustainable Development Goals-National Indicator Framework (NIF) Progress Report, 2022 was released during the event. Along with the report, the updated NIF 2022 and Data Snapshot on SDGs NIF Report 2022 were also released.
The publication “Youth in India 2022” was released during the event. The publication portrays the overall status of youth through important statistical indicators of socio-economic relevance as derived data in the public domain of different Ministries/Departments/ Organizations.