Special Correspondent

A total of 632 central samples (416 rural and 216 urban samples) will be covered in the survey, to be held from July 1 to 30

KOZHIKODE: A nationwide survey on "household consumer expenditure" and "service sector enterprise (excluding trade)" is being conducted by the field operations division of the Government of India's National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO) from July 1. The survey will continue up to July 30.

The orientation for the survey is done in two tiers - the first, an all-India training conference held in Lucknow during April 2006 for the trainers of the regional conferences; and second one, the regional training conferences being organised in 45 regions in the country in June.

The regional training conference for the North Kerala region covering seven districts and the Mahe district of the Union Territory of Pondicherry will be conducted from June 19 to 22 at the New Nalanda Auditorium in Kozhikode, it was announced on Friday.

Officers and staff of the NSSO field offices of the region and officers of the State Government's economics and statistics department from these districts will attend the training programme.

The survey on consumer expenditure focusses on the problems of living standards and poverty. Vital information on all aspects of household consumer expenditure will be collected from selected households as separate schedules to obtain an assessment of the latest living standards.

The survey on service sector enterprise (excluding trade) will cover the unorganised sector service units to assess their contributions towards national income and employment.

The survey is restricted to selected rural and urban samples.

The first sample unit in Kerala is a panchayat ward in the rural area and in the municipalities and Corporation (urban area), it is a block .

In Kerala, a total of 632 central samples (416 rural and 216 urban samples) will be covered.

The State Government's economics and statistics department will also participate in this survey on a matching basis with an equal number of samples and manpower.

Assistant Director of the NNSO in Kozhikode points out that the success of the survey would depend on the accuracy and correctness of the data collected. He also appealed to the public to provide accurate information and data as the survey results are used in the formulation of policies and process of development planning for the Government.