1. Ministry of Statistics and Program Implementation (MOPSI)MOPSI has the jurisdiction over much of the official data collected on a regular basis by the Government of India. The Ministry has two wings: the National Statistical Office (NSO) and the other Program Implementation. The NSO has the overall responsibility for data and consists of:
Founded as the NSS in 1950, the NSSO undertakes extensive unit-level surveys (individuals, households and firms) and is perhaps the single most important source of data on the Indian economy for researchers. Its consumer expenditure surveys have been conducted regularly since the early 1950s. An up-to-date list (as of September 20 2010) of unit-level NSS data along with prices applicable to different types of users available here.
The Computer Center has the responsibility to store and disseminate NSSO, ASI and Economic census data. It has recently created the National Data Warehouse of official Statistics. This is an important facility for researchers, policy analysts and serious economic journalists. The warehouse allows remote access to several unit-level data sets to “registered users of the Ministry.” It is not clear if this means that at present only those working for MOPSI have access to this facility.