‘Statistics is an important tool in planning’
Parliamentary Secretary, R Tohanba (2nd from right) and officers of the department at the inauguration of the new DSO office, Dimapur on February 20. (Morung Photo)
District Statistical Office building inaugurated in Chumukedima
Dimapur, February 20 (MExN): Nagaland Parliamentary Secretary for Economics & Statistics and IPR, R Tohanba has underscored the role of statistics in overall policy making, planning and developmental processes.
Inaugurating the newly-constructed office building of district statistical office (DSO) at the new DC office complex, Chumukedima, on Monday, the parliamentary secretary said that Statistics, which had take a backseat for quite some time, is now a very important part of planning and development processes. Tohanba said that having realized the importance of statistics as important tool in planning and development processes, Nagaland Government had declared Economics & Statistics department as the “nodal agency” of all other departments and entrusted the department with the task of developing an efficient statistical system and also to ensure technical coordination in matters relating to statistical activities in the state. Realizing the importance of statistics, Tohanba said he took “personal care” to see to the infrastructure development of the Economics & Statistics department while admitting that as a “layman my technical contributions are limited.”
“On this line I requested the Government of Nagaland to construct a new directorate building and district statistical offices in nine districts. Today I am happy that most of the construction works are on the verge of completion. In fact DSO Mokokchung has already been inaugurated on February 16, 2012, and today’s inauguration is the second one. Very soon DSO Peren will be inaugurated,” he said. Reminding the department officers and staff of their collective responsibility, he further called upon them to develop better work culture, re-dedicate and equip themselves to meet the challenges ahead by upgrading their capability in handling the assigned duties.
Secretary, Economics & Statistics, Dr. L Daniel Longchar, in his address said that though the department, established in 1969, is one of the oldest departments, it had remained more or less stagnant for a long time due to infrastructural problems, paucity of fund and manpower. Daniel however said the department has received a new lease of life and expressed gratitude to the chief minister, parliamentary secretary for Economics & Statistics and additional development commissioner, Alemtemshi Jamir, for their concern and initiatives to invigorate Economics & Statistics department. The secretary also informed that the department would be receiving fund from the 13th Finance Commission and World Bank.
Additional director and HoD, Economics & Statistics, Y Sacheo Ovung chaired the inaugural programme and DSO Dimapur proposed vote of thanks.
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