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NSSO, labour bureau to continue with job surveys

Unlike the current practice of once in 5 years, the NSSO is to conduct these surveys every year.

Indivjal Dhasmana  |  New Delhi 

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The and the (NSSO) are likely to continue with their job surveys, but on a large scale and with different methodologies after a task force on employment submits its report to the government, according to sources. 
 
Meanwhile, the task force held a meeting with the Prime Minister's Office on Tuesday.  The task force was constituted under the chairmanship of NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman Arvind Panagariya to suggest an improved methodology of job surveys over the existing ones. 
NSSO, labour bureau to continue  with job surveys
While the does a sample survey of enterprises, the conducts a survey on households. "Both surveys might continue," a source said. However, unlike the current practice of once in five years, the is to conduct these surveys every year.
 
The surveys are very small. They cover only 30 million employees but the labour force in the country, including agriculture labourers, is over 470 million. 
 
The has improved its quarterly survey of employment. Earlier, it used to take eight sectors -- textiles including apparel, leather, metals, automobiles, gems and jewellery, transport, information technology/business process outsourcing (IT/BPO), and handloom/powerloom. It still takes eight sectors but these are much wider -- manufacturing, construction, trade, transport, education, health, accommodation and restaurants, and IT/BPO. 

According to the latest survey, the rate of increase in employment in the eight key sectors fell in October-December 2016, with the addition of only 32,000 as against 77,000 workers in July-September 2016.

First Published: Wed, June 21 2017. 01:40 IST
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