Overall Backwardness of J&K is 55.68%: Director NSSO




National Sample Survey Office, Srinagar in collaboration with Department of Economics, Central University Kashmir today celebrated the 9th Statistics Day at the CUK Campus Nowgam.

The aim and objectives of celebrating the day was to create awareness among the people especially the young  generation for drawing inspiration about the role of statistics in socio-economic planning and policy formulation, said Director NSSO Srinagar Altaf Hussain Haji.

 The celebration of the day was inaugurated by Prof. Mehraj-ud-Din, officiating Vice Chancellor CUK, while M.A. Zargar Registrar of the university was the guest of honour.

Speaking on the occasion, Prof Mehraj questioned the authenticity of the data produced by various statistical surveys conducted by governmental and non-governmental organisations. He said one of the main reasons of failure of government schemes and planning was that the surveys on which they are based are never fool-proof. “Instead of coming up with rough figures, it is better to concentrate on focussed areas and generate credible data, so that an effective and factual data input is given to our policy makers and planners,” he said.

The day was celebrated under the theme: Social Development: Health, Education, Poverty, Employment, Social Backwardness, Housing and Environment with reference to the state of Jammu and Kashmir. A seminar under the same theme was also organised in which experts of statistics, and   teachers and students of CUK’s economics department presented their research papers, the statement informed.

Earlier, Haji gave a complete overview of the Statistics Day and said that the day was being celebrated every year since 2006 in the honour of noted statistician PC Mahalanobis, who was a Bengali scientist and applied statistician.

He said the NSSO plays an important role in measuring the quality of some social development. “NSSO is responsible for conducting large scale sample surveys in diverse fields, on all India basis.”

Haji added: “With the help of the data of four parameters, namely Pucca structures, facility of electricity, literacy rate of Jammu and Kashmir taken from census 2011 and digest of statistics, 2012-13 of the Directorate of Economics, and statistics of J&K Government, the backwardness index by division wise shows that Ladakh region has 87 per cent backwardness, Jammu region has 60 per cent backwardness and Kashmir has 40 per cent backwardness. The overall backwardness of Jammu and Kashmir is 55.68 per cent.”

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