DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMICS & STATISTICS
Kerala is one of the states in India having a well-organized statistical system.
The Directorate of Economics & Statistics is the nerve centre of the State statistical system. Director is the technical and administrative head of the Department. Being the statistics authority of the State he functions as the authority for the collection, processing and dissemination of all statistical data relating to the State economy. In technical matters, he is assisted by three Additional Directors and on administrative matters by an Administrative Officer deputed from the Secretariat. For dealing with statistical work there are various divisions in the Directorate, which are headed by Joint Directors and Deputy Directors. A division is further subdivided into sections each dealing with the specified subject area. Each technical section is headed by either an Assistant Director or a Research Officer. Depending upon the workload and nature of work each section is manned by one or more Research Officers, Research Assistants and a few compilers. Each administrative section is manned by one Senior Statistical Officer assisted by Statistical Offiecers and Research Assistants.
Besides the Directorate there are 14 District Offices, each headed by a Deputy Director. The Deputy Director in the District Offices is assisted by one District Officer, one or more Additional District Officers, one Price Supervisory Officer and one or two Research Officers. At taluk level, there is a Taluk Statistical Office, which is the lowest statistical unit in the State. There are at present 62 Taluk Statistical Offices, each under the control of a Taluk Statistical Officer.
Besides the Department of Economics and Statistics, the statistical system of Kerala also includes the various statistical cells working in various Departments of the State Government. At present the statistical cells are working in 41 Departments of the State Government. They are manned by personnel drawn from the Department of Economics & Statistics as temporary additions. These cells collect, compile, analyse and disseminate statistical data relevant to the functions and needs of the concerned Department. These cells are headed by officers in the rank of Joint Director, Deputy Director, Assistant Director, Statistical Officer or Research Officer depending upon the volume and nature of work.