The National Program for Improving Quality of Statistics in India (NPIQSI) is a Central Sector Scheme of the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI) being implemented with the World Bank Assistance.
The Program would be implemented over a period of five years from 1st April, 2020 to 31st March, 2025.
The project is designed as an Investment Project Finance (IPF) operation that disburses against eligible expenditures upon achievement of Disbursement Linked Indicators (DLIs). The estimated cost of the Scheme Project is Rs.426 crore with . The Scheme will have 50% (Rs.213 crore; US $30 million) funding assistance (in the form of credit) from World Bank. The remaining 50% (Rs.213 crore) would be borne by Government of India
The NPIQSI aims to improve the quality, efficiency and user relevance of statistics produced by MoSPI and optimizing use of existing data for increased evidence-based decision making. The project has following components:
Improving Survey Data Quality
Making Most of Existing Data
Enhanced User Relevance of Published Statistics
In NPIQSI, additional activities are planned to be undertaken to achieve the Ministry’s vision of providing real-time inputs for policy and stronger dissemination practices for public by 2024. Activities envisaged under this scheme, some of which are disbursement linked, inter-alia, include:
Strengthening collection of NSS core Survey data on multi – modal data capture platform (MMDC)
Enhancing quality of NSS Surveys (by implementation of data quality protocols and use of certified investigators)
Creation of Statistical Business Register (SBR)
Improving availability of quality and up-to-date socio-economic, environmental and business statistics
Data gap reduction in SDGs and EDGE indicators
Quality assurance of published national indicators assessed using National Quality Assessment Framework
Production of Natural Capital Accounts
Innovation budget for supporting research & development activities for leveraging new data sources and technological innovations for bridging identified data gaps and to develop and implement pioneering ways to respond to the unmet statistical needs using innovative, efficient and effective methods
Twinning – International Collaborations for experience sharing and learning from international best practices
A dedicated Project Monitoring Unit (PMU) of officials within MoSPI comprising of Project Director (an officer of the rank of Additional Secretary), Lead & Co – lead (officers of the rank of Joint Secretary) and Support Staff has been constituted.
The Program would be executed with the assistance of a Project Management Consultant (PMC) an entity which will report to the PMU.
A Programme Steering Committee under the chairpersonship of Chief Statistician of India (CSI) cum Secretary (MOSPI) would also be constituted to steer the overall execution & implementation of the scheme and its monitoring.