Gujarat State Strategic Statistical Plan (GSSSP)

Based on the recommendations of the National Statistical Commission (2001), the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, GoI, launched India Statistical Strengthening Project (ISSP) for strengthening the statistical systems of Nation vis a vis states.

The Gujarat State Strategic Statistical Plan (GSSSP) is an integral part of the India Statistical Strengthening Project (ISSP). The principal objective of GSSSP is to revamp the statistical system of the State of Gujarat at large. This includes, improvement in statistical systems of following offices of the State Government.

  • State Directorate of Economics and Statistics, including District Statistics Offices and District Planning Offices
  • Statistical activities of Heads of Departments under various Line departments
  • Statistical activities of Sub state level offices.

At State level, to oversee the implementation and monitoring of the project activities, a High Level Steering Committee (HLSC) has been constituted under the chairmanship of the Hon Chief Secretary, Gujarat State.

The Vision and Mission as framed under GSSSP :

The Vision

The Vision envisages to develop a Statistical system as would provide reliable, timely and credible statistics to ensure balanced social and economic development.

The Mission

The Mission seeks to assist the DES, the line departments and field formation to improve their statistical system through capacity building, human resource development, provision of equipment, studies and surveys, consultancy services and key activities.

GSSSP – Main Components

Providing a congenial work environment through construction of buildings/ addition to buildings including conference halls and library.

Construction of a state–of-the–art Centre for Participatory Learning for training of personnel engaged in statistical work – in the DES, line departments and field formations.

Provision of equipment such as laptops to officers and palm-tops with broadband connectivity to field personnel in line departments.

Software – both standardized and designed for specific needs - for DES and selected line departments, due care being taken to ensure a common platform and compatibility.

Improving mobility of District Statistical offices, selected District Planning Offices and senior offices in DES, Directorate of Human Development and the Directorate of Evaluation by provision of vehicles.

Training programmes of a wide variety for personnel (new recruits; subject matter specialists; field workers; directing and supervising staff; project managers) in DES, line departments and field offices.

Workshops to promote user-producer interface arranged thematically would supplement capacity building.

Studies and Surveys - to support statistical infrastructure

Consultancy Services will be provided to 15 selected line departments to help to design statistical systems or to take up major expansion in coverage. Consultants will also be available to the DES, the Directorate of Evaluation and the Directorate of Human Development to cope with the increased volume and range of activities.

A Centre for Spatial Planning would be set up in the Bhaskaracharya Institute of Space Applications and Geo-informatics to convert on-line developmental data relating to villages /talukas in the form of maps, with a view of identifying and planning for reduction of disparities.

District Data Centres and Taluka Development Centres (to be funded from grants provided by the 13th Finance Commission) would be set up to collect, verify and publish data collected on-line from e-gram centres and line agencies. These centres would be provided computers and peripherals, palm top devices, broad band connectivity and learning and reference materials.

IEC for Awareness Building is proposed to be taken for 10 line departments such as – industries, health, education – to enable them to increase awareness among data providers – mostly in the private sector – to ensure full coverage of activities they seek to capture through statistics.

Collaboration with university departments of Economics and Statistics is proposed to be enhanced through a modest internship programme.

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