Sunday, 29 May 2016

Union Cabinet approves adoption of UN Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics

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The Union Cabinet has approved adoption of United Nations Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics. Decision rUnion Cabinetegarding this was taken by the Union Cabinet meeting headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi.

The 10 UN Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics are as the following:

Principle 1: Official statistics provide an indispensable element in the information system of a democratic society, economy, serving the Government, and public with data about the economic, social, demographic and environmental situation.

Principle 2: Statistical agencies need to decide according to strictly professional considerations to retain trust in official statistics. In this regard they must strictly take in to professional considerations, including scientific principles and professional ethics.

Principle 3: Statistical agencies must present information according to scientific standards on the methods, sources and procedures of the statistics to facilitate a correct interpretation of the data.

Principle 4: Statistical agencies need to comment on erroneous interpretation and misuse of statistics.

Principle 5: Data for statistical purposes may be drawn from all types of sources. In this regard, statistical agencies must choose the source with regard to quality, costs, timeliness and the burden on Respondents.

Principle 6: Individual data collected by statistical agencies for statistical compilation, whether they refer to natural or legal persons, are to be strictly confidential and used exclusively for statistical purposes.

Principle 7: The laws, measures and regulations under which the statistical systems operate are to be made public.

Principle 8: Statistical agencies within countries must have coordination to achieve consistency and efficiency in the statistical system.

Principle 9: Statistical agencies in each country must use international concepts, methods and classifications. It will promote the consistency and efficiency of statistical systems at all official levels.

Principle 10: There should be bilateral and multilateral cooperation in statistics. It will contribute to the improvement of systems of official statistics in all countries.

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