CHANDIGARH, DECEMBER 13: The two day state level training program for 6th Economic Census in Punjab has been started today at Mahatma Gandhi State Institute of Public Administration (MAGSIPA). Mr. Satish Chandra, Principal Secretary (Finance and Planning) and Census Commissioner, Punjab inaugurated the workshop by lightening the lamp.
Mr. Chandra, while delivering keynote address to the District Economic and Statistical Advisors (DESA) and District In-charge and other related staff, said that the arrangement for the census have been completed. He said that around 30,000 employees from different departments have been assigned as census officers, supervisors and in-charge officers. He appealed the staff to work with full dedication to execute the census work in stipulated time period. Mr. Chandra said that special kits have been provided to the relevant officers for census, which would be conducted in the month of January and February, 2013 in the state.
Mr. V.K. Arora, Additional Director General-cum-Chief Census Commissioner from Government of India, also addressed the workshop. He invited suggestions from the officers to further streamline the census work.
While addressing the gathering, Mr. Mohan Lal Sharma, Economic Advisor, Punjab and Additional Census Commissioner said that the State of Punjab has become the first state in country, where economic census has been started in its true spirit. He said that State Level Steering Committee has been constituted and other arrangements for the census have also been completed. He further said that for the smooth conduction of Economic Census, District Level Monitoring Committees have also been constituted. Deputy Commissioners concerned would be the chairman of these committees, who would also work in the capacity of Ex-Officio District Economic Census Commissioners. Similarly, Deputy Economic & Statistical Advisors of District Statistical Offices have been deputed as Nodal Officers, who would also be Assistant Economic Census Commissioners.
He said that the District Level Training Workshop would be conducted on December 17, which would be completed till December 21 whereas Block/Town Level Workshop would be conducted from December 24, 2012 to January 10, 2013. He said that regional census work would be commenced from January 16, 2013 and would be completed till February 16, 2013. During the workshop a book titled ‘Domestic Product of Punjab (2004-05 to 2009-10)’ has also been released.