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Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MOSPI)

Team AckoFeb 16, 2024

The Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MOSPI) provides official statistics and monitors programme implementation in the country. It is a vital organ of the government that plays a crucial role in providing reliable, timely, and comprehensive statistical information and monitoring the implementation of various development programmes and projects in the country. This article will give you an overview of  MOSPI. 




What is the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MOSPI)?

MOSPI is a ministry that is responsible for the collection, analysis, and dissemination of official statistics in the country. The ministry also monitors the implementation of various development programmes and projects undertaken by the central and state governments.

The MOSPI aims to provide reliable, timely, and comprehensive statistical information to various stakeholders, such as policymakers, researchers, media, and the general public. The ministry also strives to ensure the quality, credibility, and transparency of official statistics, in accordance with international standards and best practices. It also coordinates with other ministries, departments, state governments, and international agencies on statistical matters.

What is MOSPI’s structure?

The MOSPI was established on 15 October 1999 as an independent ministry, post the merger of the Department of Statistics and the Department of Programme Implementation.  

National Statistical Office

Programme implementation

Central Statistical Organisation (CSO) National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) Computer Centre

Twenty point programme Infrastructure and Project Monitoring Division (IPMD) Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS) Division

What are the functions and activities of MOSPI?

The MOSPI performs a wide range of functions and activities related to statistics and programme implementation. Some of the major functions and activities are as follows. 

  • Estimating and releasing the national income accounts, which measure the economic performance of the country in terms of gross domestic product (GDP), gross value added (GVA), consumption expenditure, savings, investment, etc.

  • Conducting periodic surveys on various socio-economic topics, such as employment, consumption expenditure, health, education, housing, environment, etc., based on scientific sampling methods.

  • Compiling and publishing various statistical indicators and reports on different sectors and aspects of the economy and society, such as agriculture, industry, services, trade, prices, environment, social welfare, etc.

  • Developing and maintaining statistical standards, concepts, definitions, classifications, methodologies, etc., for ensuring consistency and comparability of official statistics across sources and time periods.

  • Providing technical guidance and assistance to other ministries, departments, state governments, etc., on statistical matters.

  • Participating in international statistical forums and organisations and fulfilling India's obligations under various international agreements and conventions on statistics.

  • Monitoring and evaluating the progress of various central sector schemes and projects in terms of physical and financial achievements.

  • Administering and overseeing the implementation of MPLADS scheme.

  • Developing and maintaining a web-based online system for project monitoring called Online Computerised Monitoring System (OCMS), which facilitates data entry, verification, analysis, reporting, etc., of various projects.

What are the key milestones of MOSPI?

Some of the notable milestones of the ministry in terms of task execution are as follows.

  • Introducing a new base year (2011-12) for national income accounts in 2015.

  • Revising the consumer price index (CPI) series in 2015

  • Launching a new periodic labour force survey (PLFS) in 2017.

  • Adopting a new industrial classification system (NIC 2008) in 2017.

  • Implementing a new system for data dissemination called National Summary Data Page (NSDP) in 2018.

  • Conducting the seventh economic census in 2019-20. 

What are the sources of official statistics in India?

The sources of official statistics in India can be broadly classified into three categories: administrative sources, surveys and censuses, and non-official sources. 

  • Administrative sources: These refer to the data collected by various ministries, departments, agencies, etc., as part of their administrative functions, such as tax records, registration records, budget documents, etc. 

  • Surveys and censuses: These refer to the data collected by conducting systematic and scientific inquiries on various topics, such as population, agriculture, industry, employment, consumption, etc. 

  • Non-official sources: These refer to the data collected by private or non-governmental entities, such as research institutions, media, civil society organisations, etc.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Here are some FAQs related to MOSPI.


What is the outlook of MOSPI?

The outlook of MOSPI is to be a leading and credible provider of high-quality official statistics and a trusted partner in evidence-based policymaking. The mission of MOSPI is to produce and disseminate timely, accurate, and relevant official statistics and to monitor and evaluate the implementation of various development programmes and projects in an efficient and effective manner.

How does MOSPI ensure the quality of official statistics?

MOSPI ensures the quality of official statistics by following various standards and guidelines issued by national and international bodies, such as the National Statistical Commission (NSC), the United Nations Statistical Commission (UNSC), the International Monetary Fund (IMF), etc. The ministry adopts various quality assurance mechanisms, such as data validation, data verification, data audit, data reconciliation, etc., to check the accuracy, consistency, completeness, and reliability of official statistics. It also conducts periodic reviews and evaluations of its statistical systems and processes to identify and address any gaps or issues.

How does MOSPI disseminate official statistics?

MOSPI disseminates official statistics through various modes and platforms, such as press releases, reports, bulletins, publications, databases, websites, portals, dashboards, visualisations, applications, etc. It provides access to its microdata and metadata to researchers and users upon request. MOSPI also participates in various national and international statistical forums and events to share its experiences and best practices with other statistical agencies.

How does MOSPI monitor programme implementation?

MOSPI monitors programme implementation by collecting and compiling information on the physical and financial progress and performance of various central sector schemes and projects from the implementing agencies. MOSPI also administers and oversees the implementation of MPLADS, which is a scheme that enables members of parliament to suggest works of developmental nature in their constituencies. MOSPI also develops and maintains a web-based online system for project monitoring called Online Computerised Monitoring System (OCMS).

Disclaimer: The content on this page is generic and shared only for informational and explanatory purposes. It is based on several secondary sources on the internet, and is subject to changes. Please consult an expert before making related decisions.


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