Overall backwardness of J&K 55.68%: Dir NSSO
Srinagar, June 29: Central University of Kashmir (CUK) officiating Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Mehraj udDin today said the surveys and other allied researches undertaken on socio-economic developments of the country should be based on real facts and figures.
“It has been observed that several schemes, programmes and initiatives taken by both the Centre and State Governments for the benefit of the people, particularly the downtrodden, fail as the surveys conducted on the potential beneficiaries before announcing and subsequent implementation of these schemes, are not done properly,” Prof. Mehraj udDin said during his inaugural address on the 9th Statistics Day, organised by CUK’s Department of Economics, in association with the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO), Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, Government of India, at varsity’s Nowgam Academic block. This year’s theme on Statistics Day was “Social Development; Health, Education, Poverty, Employment, Social Backwardness, Housing, and Environment with Reference to the State of Jammu and Kashmir.”
NSSO Director, Mr. Altaf Hussain Haji, Dean Social Sciences and Head of the Department Economics, Prof. G. M Bhat, Dean Management Studies, Dr. Abdul Gani, Dean Media Studies, Prof. S. Fayyaz, Registrar, Prof. M Afzal Zargar, Librarian, Mr. Riyaz Rufaie, Directorate of Students Welfare, Director, Dr. Fayaz A Nikka, Heads/Coordinators of various departments, faculty members and other staff was also present on the occasion.
Prof. Mehraj udDin said the surveys done on vital sectors including Education, Healthcare, Environment, Poverty, Literacy, and other important social issues should be substantiated with actual data. “Otherwise, the data collected on table on these issues fail to serve the actual purpose and need,” he added.
CUK officiating VC said the varsity was willing to collaborate with NSSO to undertake survey on any social issue. “CUK’s Economics department will provide required human resource and the University will give other basic facilities in conducting the research, which would be then given to the State government for consideration and perusal,” Prof. Mehraj udDin said.
Registrar, Prof. Muhammad Afzal Zargar, highlighted the contributions made by Late Prof. Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis in the fields of economic planning and statistical development. He further highlighted the importance of sample surveys, pilot studies in healthcare and other sectors. “The surveys conducted in different sectors point out the grey areas, which are later rectified by the concerned agencies,” he said, and stressed the need on collecting data about healthcare and environment issues vis-à-vis Kashmir.
Dean Social Sciences, Prof. G. M Bhat, also hailed the contributions of Late Prof. Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis in recognizing the sample survey method for undertaking researches in different fields. “The sample survey method is more accurate, cost effective and less time consuming,” Prof. G M Bhat said.
He said that Prof. Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis played a pivotal role in the establishment of Indian Statistical Institute (ISI) in Kolkatta, which has now been designated as the Centre of Excellence.
He said the data collection was an important step and is being used by the policy makers and planners before formulating any programme for the welfare of the people. Prof. Bhat said the Department of Economics, had recently signed a MoU with the SKUAST-K and was planning to organize a mega conference in August this year.
NSSO Director, Mr. Altaf Hussain Haji, while speaking on the occasion said, the NSSO plays an important role in measuring the quality of some social development. “NSSO is responsible for conducting large scale sample surveys in diverse fields, on all India basis,” Mr. Altaf Hussain said. “With the help of the data of four parameters, namely pucca structures, facility of electricity, literacy rate of Jammu and Kashmir taken from census 2011 and digest of statistics, 2012-13 of the Directorate of Economics, and statistics of J&K Government, the backwardness index by division wise shows that Ladakh region has 87 per cent backwardness, Jammu region has 60 per cent backwardness and Kashmir has 40 per cent backwardness. The overall backwardness of Jammu and Kashmir is 55.68 per cent,” he added.
Assistant Prof. Mr. Tasleem Arif Cash presented the vote of thanks while as Mrs. Kavita Singh conducted the programme proceedings.
Later a technical session was held, in which presentations were made by the participants including faculty members and students. Prof. G M Bhat made a presentation on “Unemployment”, Dr. Fayaz A Nikka, Assoc Prof. Deptt of Management Studies on “Handicraft Data Validation”, Dr. Showkat Anwar Bhat, Asst Prof on “Multidimensional poverty in Social Group, Ms Mehrosh on “Social Development in J&K”, Mr Inam on “Poverty in J&K”, Dr. Malik Yasir, Asst Prof. on “Unemployment in J&K Missing Demographic Dividend”, Dr. Asif Hussain Asst Prof. on “Structural Transformation in J&K”, Mr. Anzer Ahmad Bhat on “Poverty in J&K”, Mr. Showkat Ahmad Dar on “Education Scenario in J&K”, Ms Saba on “Healthcare Scenario in J&K”, Ms Seema on “Poverty”.