18th National Statistics Day celebrated in Bhubaneswar

Bhubaneswar: The 18th National Statistics day was celebrated on 29th June 2024 at Convention Centre of Lok Seva Bhawan, Bhubaneswar in order to commemorate the birthday of eminent Statistician Prof. P.C. Mohalanobis by the Directorate of Economics & Statistics (DE&S), Planning and Convergence Department, Govt. of Odisha. The theme of the current year’s Statistics day is “Use of Data for decision making”.

On the occasion, the Chief Minister of Odisha Mohan Charan Majhi through his  message advised the Officers and staff to maximize the use of technology for reliable statistics for  people welfare. He announced the launching of the World Bank assisted programme OSCRGPP.

Anu Garg Development Commissioner cum Additional Chief Secretary Govt of Odisha  graced the occasion as the Chief Guest and Pravin Srivasthav, Former Chief Statistician and  Secretary, Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation Govt. of India presently working  as Chairman, State Statistical Commission, Madhya Pradesh was the Chief Speaker on the  occasion.. All the Officers and Staff of Planning and Convergence Department, DE&S, Officers &  Staff of field offices of DE&S, Senior Statistical Officers from line departments and retired Officers  of OSE&S Cadre attended the programme. Govt. of Odisha. Members from the print and electronic  media also attended the programme.

The programme was started with paying tribute to Prof. P.C. Mohalanobis by the  dignitaries. Welcoming the guests on the occasion, the Director Economics. & Statistics, Odisha  Dr. Bijay Bhusan Nanda highlighted on the importance of modernization of the statistical system  and capacity building of the human resources in the organization.

Speaking on the occasion, Development Commissioner-cum-Additional Chief Secretary to Govt.  Smt. Anu Garg emphasized on the use of data for decision making and policy formulation. She also  highlighted the importance of Statistical data for effective administration. She also emphasized on  the instances real time data for policy planning and reliable statistics for good governance in the  state.

Giving the Keynote address, Pravin Srivasthava, Former Chief Statistician and. Secretary of  Ministry of Statistics & Program Implementation, Govt. of India and present Chairman of  Statistical Commission, Madhya Pradesh gave a vision and architecture for a sound statistical  system at the state level.

An audio-visual documentary on the glimpses on the activities of Directorate of Economics and  Statistics was displayed on this occasion to sensitize the participants on different kinds of survey  conducted by the DE&S.

Three best performing District Planning and Monitoring Units (DPMUs) namely Dhenkanal ,  Bhadrak and Baudh were felicitated for their achievements in Statistical schemes during 2023-24.

Directorate’s annual journal “Samikshya” and other statistical publications were released on this  occasion by the guests. Sri Sabyasachi Dutta, Additional Director DE&S, gave vote of thanks at the  end of the inaugural session of the programme.

In the technical session, Prof. Alok Kumar Mishra, School of Economics, University of Hyderabad  gave a presentation on the topic “Statistics for Good Governance”. He highlighted upon the pillars  of good governance and how statistics helps in transforming governance. Another presentation was  made by Dr. Nanda Director, DE&S on Good Governance, Development and Statistical Thinking.  Many Economists and statisticians from across the state joined the meeting and shared their  thoughts on the theme of the current Statistics Day. Sri Pabitra Mohan Dwibedy Additional  Director DE&S offered vote of thanks to the Resource Person and the participants present in the  technical session of the programme.

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