Who is the Minister for Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation?

When is the National Statistics Day celebrated?

An average person may find it difficult to answer these questions.

Just as it is difficult to understand why the people are hurting even if the government inflation figures are near zero if not negative as they were a few weeks ago.

To talk of inflation near zero after visiting the vegetable vendor seems surreal.

Experts explain this as due to food items having less weight or influence in the weekly inflation measure which assesses wholesale prices.

An individual spends much more on food than the weekly inflation index makes allowance for.

Some of this is also due to creaky statistical infrastructure.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh himself indicated this in a speech to the conference of states on the management of statistics.