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Directorate of Economics & Statistics participates in the National Sample Survey Organisation’s (NSSO’S) Programme of collecting informations on various facts of the Indian Economy through Nationwide National Sample Surveys to assist in the  Socio-Economic planning and policy-making. The National Sample Survey (NSS) set up by Government of India in 1950 to collect socio-economic data employing scientific sampling methods. Each Round of NSS is either for six months or yearly as per NSSO’S programme and the state participates on equal matching basis.  Subject matters of each Round are taken up by NSSO and time to time different important National Socio-economic issues are selected.

DES collects the basic data from the households in the State Sample through its own field inspectors. The questionnaires, concepts etc. used are the same as those of NSSO uses in the Central Sample. State Sample size for rural and urban area is same as that in the central sample. The first stage units to be surveyed are decided by NSSO. Complete enumeration is done in the selected hamlet groups in the rural areas and sub-blocks in the urban areas and the required number of Households is selected randomly. For each Round, DES conducts pre-survey Training to the field staff. The fieldwork, conducted by Inspectors, is supervised and monitored by the officers and staff of NSS units in the District Offices and DES Headquarters. Field Inspectors who submit the filled in schedules to the District Statistical Officers are scrutinized on 100% basis in the District Offices & DES.  Data entry, Validation & Tabulation of State Sample data are performed at DES level.

Currently the field work of 71th Round (January, 2014 to June, 2014) is in progress. During this Round schedule 25.0 (Social Consumption: Health), schedule 25.2 (social consumption: Education) to be canvassed for the selected Households in ‘212’ villages and ‘156’ urban blocks for state sample in the state. Field work of some samples of 70th Round are also in progress.

A report based on State Sample data of 61st round "Household Consumer Expenditure & Employment and Unemployment situation in Rajasthan" have been released.Report on  Household Consumer Expenditure is available on DES website.