A Bill to empower the Central Government and each of the State Governments to designate one of its officers as nodal officers to coordinate and supervise statistical activities was introduced in the Lok Sabha on Monday.

This Bill — The Collection of Statistics (amendment) Bill 2017 — was introduced by DV Sadananda Gowda, Minister for Statistics and Programme Implementation.

It seeks to amend the existing Collection of Statistics Act 2008, which facilitates collection of statistics on economic, demographic, social, scientific and environmental aspects by the ministries or departments at the Centre or the States or Union Territories or by local governments.

As on date, the existing Collection of Statistics Act 2008 does not empower any person to coordinate and supervise the statistical activities in the Centre, State governments, Union Territories or local government.

The new Bill has also sought to extend the Statistics Act 2008 to the State of Jammu and Kashmir in so far as it relates to any statistical survey relating to any matter falling under any of the entries specified in List I (Union List) or List III (concurrent list) in the Seventh Schedule of the Constitution as applicable to that State.