Before Govt blocked jobs report, stats panel search body tweaked in its favour -Aanchal Magazine & Anil Sasi

-The Indian Express

Earlier, the composition of the search committee, according to the MoSPI Resolution dated June 1, 2005, was: Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission as Chairperson along with an RBI Deputy Governor and “two eminent persons.

New Delhi:
Months before withholding the release of the Employment-Unemployment Survey for 2017-18, the government had tweaked the composition of a key panel set up to recommend candidates for the post of Chairman and members of the National Statistical Commission (NSC).

The changes, made in August 2018, meant the government’s representation in the search committee effectively doubled. The search panel, which was earlier headed by the Vice Chairperson of the Niti Aayog and comprising an RBI Deputy Governor and two outside members, is now headed by the Cabinet Secretary (as against Vice Chairperson, Niti Aayog), along with a new member: the Additional Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister.

Besides these two, the new search panel has an RBI Deputy Governor as a member and two outside experts. The NSC is an autonomous body tasked with monitoring and reviewing the country’s statistical system.

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The Indian Express, 7 March, 2019,

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