National Statistics Day themed ‘sustainable development goals’ was observed at Ampati in South West Garo Hills of Meghalaya on Saturday with an elaborate function organized by the District Statistical Officer.
Organized at the BADO multi facility centre near Ampati, the programme was participated by teachers, lecturers, officers from various departments including the police and school and college students.
National Statistics Day is celebrated every year on June 29 throughout the country to create public awareness on the importance of statistics in socio economic planning and policy formation.
The day also acknowledges notable contribution of Late Professor Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis in the fields of statistics, statistical systems and products.
South West Garo Hills additional deputy commissioner S C Laloo who attended the programme as the chief guest commended the department of Economics and Statistics for their contribution to various line departments by sharing essential data collected through their surveys.
Stating that though the department was not engaged in implementation of government schemes, the ADC said that it was an essential branch of the government devoid of which collection of essential data needed by line departments would not be feasible.
Earlier, district statistical officer Patricia Watre in her welcome address spoke on the importance of statistics in socio economic planning and policy formation.
She informed that the Ministry of Statistics and programme Implementation and Indian Statistical Institute selects particular themes for the day based on current national importance for focused discussions and efforts throughout the year to bring about improvements in selected areas.
She further elaborated on the theme of the programme by stating that on September 25, 2015 the sustainable development goals was adopted by 193 countries at the 70th Summit of UN of which India is signatory and on the January 1, 2016, the SDGs officially came into effect.
She further informed that there were 17 goals and 169 targets. Goals are a policy ambition and targets are actionable points to be further elaborated by numerical targets which are ambitious and global in nature and is universally applicable she added.
Among others who spoke at the occasion were inspectors of Statistics Janseng Ch Momin and Mikasal T Sangma and principal, Ampati Degree College, Willy Mondal.