Govt to release jobs data every quarter: Gowda

The government plans to make available quarterly data on employment from the current financial year and, accordingly, will undertake periodic labour surveys to arrive at quarterly employment data, statistics minister D V Sadananda Gowda, said.

Quarterly employment and unemployment data will be available from 2017-18, Gowda said, participating in a discussion in the Lok Sabha on the Collection of Statistics (Amendment) Bill, 2017.

The National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO) will be asked to undertake the surveys.

The Lok Sabha later passed the Collection of Statistics (Amendment) Bill, 2017 through a voice vote.

The Bill seeks to amend the existing Collection of Statistics Act, 2008, which facilitates collection of statistics on economic, demographic, social, scientific and environmental aspects by central ministries or departments, or at the level of states, union territories or local governments.

The Act of 2008 does not empower any person to coordinate and supervise statistical activities by the centre, state governments, union territories or local government.

The new bill also sought to extend the Statistics Act 2008 to Jammu and Kashmir.

Gowda, however, said the application of the Act to Jammu & Kashmir would, in any way, compromise Article 370, which accords special status to the state.