Periodic Labour Force Survey

Launched in 2017 by the Ministry of Statistics and Programme

About the Periodic Labour Force Survey

  • The Periodic Labour Force Survey would generate quarterly reports on the urban labour market situation and an annual report for rural India.
  • The survey will supersede the earlier system where data was available only every five years.
  • The survey would supply data for both the formal and informal sector.
  • The data will be collected from both large and small enterprises and so that it is possible to measure informal sector activity as well.
  • The Periodic Labour Force Survey will also incorporate a Computer Assisted Personal Interviewing (CAPI) method, with field operators using tablets to enter the data.
  • Introduction of the CAPI method is expected to generate more accurate and timely data.

Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation

  • The Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementationcame into existence as an Independent Ministry in 1999after the merger of the Department of Statistics and the Department of Programme Implementation.
  • The Ministry has two wings, one relating to Statistics and the other Programme Implementation.
  • The Statistics Wing is called the National Statistical Office (NSO).
  • It consists of the Central Statistical Office (CSO), the Computer centreand the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO).