Capacity Development Scheme

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    In News 

    • Recently, the Cabinet approved the continuation of the Capacity Development (CD) Scheme till 31.03.2026, with outlay of ?3179 crores.

    About 

    • The CD Scheme is a Central Sector Scheme of MoSPI.
    • Objective: To augment infrastructural, technical as well as manpower resources for enabling the availability of credible and timely official statistics.
    • It comprises two sub-schemes:
      • Support for Statistical Strengthening (SSS): It aims to improve the statistical capacity and operations of State Statistical Systems for collecting, compiling and disseminating reliable official statistics.
      • Economic Census: It is conducted periodically to give the complete count of all non-farm economic establishments located within the geographical boundary of India. 
        • It provides disaggregated information on various operational and structural variables of all such establishments of the country. 
        • Its database provides valuable inputs for policymakers to design economic development and employment generation related strategies in States/Districts.

    Significance

    • The large-scale sample surveys undertaken by the Ministry cover important aspects of the economy and provide data inputs for policy framing of the Government. Besides facilitating evidence-based decision making, these surveys are also utilized by the Government for policy planning.

    Source: PIB