Govt to use mobile app for 7th Economic Census beginning next month

Partners with CSC e-Governance services India Ltd to conduct the census.

The Statistics Ministry has decided to use mobile phone application for conducting 7th economic census beginning next month, which will speed up the process of data collection and analysis.

The census will provide insights of all economic activities and ownership patterns of businesses across the country. The Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI) partnered with CSC e-Governance services India Ltd (CSC SPV) to conduct the census.

“The 7th economic census will be done using a mobile application. There will be two rounds of supervision to ensure quality of the census,” a CSC statement said.

The CSC run common services centres (CSC), which are the access points for delivery of essential public utility services, social welfare schemes, healthcare, financial, education and agriculture services, apart from host of B2C (business to consumers) services to citizens in urban, rural and remote areas of the country.

“We are planning to start the economic survey fieldwork in June and are expecting more than 6,000 training workshops to take place within a month for CSC enumerators. We are starting with a state level workshop in Madhya Pradesh and gradually will be spreading across all the states with the district level workshops,” MoSPI Secretary Pravin Srivastava said at an All India training of trainers workshop on census held at New Delhi.


The ministry is also introducing geo-tagging which will help to find out the distribution of economic activity in a certain place, Srivastava said in the statement.

“We have proposed to start the survey fieldwork from June 1 and the field work will be finished in 3 months only from the date of commencement and simultaneously results will be out in the phase manner. Nine lakh enumerators and 3 lakh supervisors will be involved in performing the survey,” informed MoSPI DG (ES and Survey) Jyotirmoy Poddar on the occasion.

Village-level entrepreneurs have different skills and capabilities and they have proved it time and again. VLEs have sold more than 30 lakh Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Pension Yojana (PMSYM) in a short spam of time and this has created momentum at the local level. They do advocacy and campaigning for providing government services to the people, CSC SPV CEO Dinesh Tyagi said.

“Conducting 7th economic census is very unique and will set a precedent for the entire country for carrying out a large-scale survey work like this. We have already done one round of training at the block level and I ensure that we will do best of our commitment,” he added.