Good Governance Practices: Reforms Measures in the Directorate

The Directorate of Economics and Statistics, Assam is functioning under the administrative control of the Transformation and Development Department, Assam. It was set up in the year 1948 to collect, collate and compilation of statistical data for preparation of various plans for the welfare of the state as well as for the country. Its activities include conducting crop estimation surveys, generating Agriculture Statistics, estimation of State Income, conduct of Annual Survey of Industries, Agriculture Census, Economic Census, Compilation of Index of Industrial production, and compilation of various consumer price indices, conduct of Annual Employment Unemployment Surveys under the direction and guidance of various Central Ministries including Labour Ministry. Directorate is also taking part in socio economic surveys of Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, (NSSO).

The Directorate is publishing Statistical Hand Book, Economic Survey, selected indicators of Assam and other publications for the use of planners, academicians, researchers, students, etc. The good governance practices followed by this Directorate to provide data on various socio economic indicators for all round development of the state are discussed below.

A. Citizens Charter:

The Directorate at present does not have any Citizens Charter since its activities are not directly linked with the general public. The various activities of the Directorate are conducted as per prefixed activity calender which is reflected in timely release of different publications, reports, statistics, etc. The Macro Fiscal Projection Project financed by the Finance Department under ADB financed project of Govt. Of Assam is helping a lot in the filling process of the Directorate for which activity become faster with little chance of missing of any issue unnoticed and thereby leading to efficacy of delivery.

Redress of Public Grievances: The Directorate only receives grievances of its own employees or their family members which are taken seriously and are redressed expeditiously within the shortest possible time.

B. Organizational Chart:

The Directorate of Economics and Statistics, Assam is headed by the Director and assisted 2 (two) Additional Directors and other officials as shown in the chart below. It has 26 (twenty six) district offices of which 23 (twenty three) offices headed by Deputy Director of Economics and Statistics and 3 district offices headed by the Sub-Divisional Statistical officers and two regional offices one at Diphu for the 2 (two) Hill Districts (Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao) and the other at Kokrajhar for the 4 (four) Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) districts of the state headed by Joint Director of Economics and Statistics. In the lowest administrative set up of the Directorate there is 10 (ten) Sub-Divisional offices headed by the Sub-Divisional Statistical Officer. The organizational structure of the Directorate consists of 10(ten) divisions that are constituted according to activity and as per recommendation of the committee to review the National Statistical System. The 10 (ten) divisions are as follows,

  1. Administrative and Coordination Division
  2. State Income Division
  3. Agriculture Statistics Divisions
  4. Survey Division
  5. Statistical Data Division (Including A.I.U.)
  6. Economics Studies Division
  7. Industrial Statistics Division
  8. Price & Market Intelligence
  9. Training Division
  10. Electronic Data Processing

Apart from the above Divisions, there are two adhoc divisions viz. Agriculture Census Division and Economic Census Division.

The organisational chart of the Directorate is presented below.

C. Job Chart:

The employees of the Directorate are placed against a specific work and their placement is rotated from time to time to get accustomed with other technical works. The cadre-wise distribution of works is reflected below.

  1. The lowest cadre for technical work in Directorate is the Field Assistant whose primary duty is to collect data for agriculture statistics.
  2. Primary Investigator is engaged to collect data for socio-economic surveys, official statistics and compilation of different statistical tables.
  3. The Sub- Inspector of Statistics collects data for Timely Reporting Scheme (TRS), compilation of block statistics, district hand book etc. and compiles and tabulates collected data for further processing.
  4. The Inspector of Statistics is the supervising officer at the lowest level and also collects data for Annual Survey of Industries, District Domestic Product, etc.
  5. The Statistical Officer functions as the haed of administrative Sub-Divisional Statistical Office and also supervises, tabulates, analyses and prepares statistial reports.
  6. The Research Officer and Senior Research Officer (functions as Deputy Director of Economics and Statistics in the districts) does all activities like designing of schedules , writing reports etc.
  7. The Joint Director is the Divisional head of the divisions of the Directorate and looks after the overall functions of it. They have the responsibility to complete a specific job as per fixed time schedule.
  8. The two Additional Directors look after the administrative and technical works separately.

The administrative and coordination work is looked after by the senior most Additional Director of the Directorate. He is assisted by the Administrative Officer, Registrar and all the ministerial staff.

D. Appointment of Vigilance Officer:

The Directorate has no Vigilance Officer.
Nodal Officer for Reforms: There is no officer appointed as Nodal Officer for Reforms in the Directorate.

E. Arrangement for Attending Audit Objections:

Audit objections are taken seriously. The Registrar of the Directorate has been given responsiblility for attending audit objections. He is assisted by the officials of administrative and accounts section in preparing para-wise replies to the audit objections. Care is also taken to find out the reasons of any old un-settled audit obejections for early settlement. The replies are prepared and furnished to the Accountant General along with supporting documents. Before submission, the Director ensures factual correctness of the replies.