Lucknow – Adhering to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was important for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world and India’s national development agenda is reflected in the SDGs, Chief Statistician of India (CSI) Pravin Srivastava said at an event in Lucknow.
Srivastava said this at the inauguration of a two-day national seminar and workshop on ‘Statistics and Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs) on 13 Jul.
Srivastava, who is also secretary Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation (MoSPI) said that implementation of the SDGs was necessary to achieve the desired outcomes.
Implementation required effective monitoring and the responsibility of developing the National Indicator Framework (NIF), and coordination with various ministries and stakeholders was MoSPI, he said.
Srivastava said that after consultations with central ministries, state governments and various stakeholders, MoSPI has finalised a set of 306 National Indicators in the NIF with identified data sources and periodicity.
He also emphasised the importance of the role of academic institutions for achieving the SDGs.
University of Lucknow’s Vice-Chancellor S.P. Singh, Shailja Sharma, additional director general, Social Statistics Division, NSO, were also present during the event, among others.
“Researchers and academicians would play a great role in the achievement of SDGs and its targets by 2030. They will continue significantly from time to time developing socio-economic indicators which would help the government in policy formulation in various sectors”, Singh said.
People from academia, government, NGOs and social groups were part of the event to discuss and deliberate on various technical sessions, special lectures, invited lectures and over 75 technical papers over the two-day long programme.