The government on Tuesday formed a task force headed by NITI Aayog vice-chairman Arvind Panagariya to suggest solutions for creation of a reliable employment data base to aid policy making. Besides Panagriya, other members of the task force are labour secretary Sathiyavathy, statistics secretary TCA Ananth, Pulak Ghosh of NITI Aayog and Reserve Bank of India board member Manish Sabharwal.
“The task force will recommend solutions which can be implemented in a time bound manner. The Prime Minister has directed that this task be expedited so that policies on employment can be formulated with a proper appreciation of impacts, based on credible data,” the government said in a statement.
India suffers from a lack of reliable, timely data on employment which has made it difficult for policy makers and independent observers to assess the extent of employment generation at different points of time. Some data is collected and published by certain agencies including the Labour Bureau, but the coverage is very small. The Labour Bureau data covers only a few sectors and the methodology is not based on updated panel of survey respondents. The net result has been that both policy making and analysis are conducted in a data vacuum.