In 1964, a Statistical unit headed by one Statistical Officer with a nucleus staff was set up under the administrative control of Planning Department to assist the State Planning Machinery on Statistical matters. With the growth of statistical activities and emerging demands for data, this unit was upgraded to a full-fledged Directorate in the year 1969, and subsequently the Directorate was declared as the Nodal agency of the State Government for data collection, dissemination; vide order No.E&S/GEN/4-27/2009, dated 29thApril, 2009.
This declaration mandates the Directorate to develop an efficient Statistical System in the State, laying down norms and standards in the field of Statistics. Further, it is accountable to evolve concepts, definitions and methodology for data collection, processing of data and dissemination of its result. It also maintains a comprehensive information system and necessary database to give direction towards consolidation of development process through informed database to achieve its desired results
The Directorate of Economics & Statistics (DES) functions under the three tier system i.e. State level, District level and Block level. At the State level, the Directorate is the apex body for administrative control and provides technical guidance to all the statistical cells attached to the line Departments and District Economics and Statistics Offices. The Secretary to the Government of Nagaland, Department of Economics & Statistics is the administrative head and the Director heads the Directorate. The Director is assisted by 2 (Two) Additional Director, 3 (Three) Joint Director, 12 Deputy Directors/District Economics and Statistics Officers, 37 Economics and Statistics Officers and a host of technical and ministerial Staff.
The DES has Statistical Cells in 26 major Directorates in Kohima and Dimapur and has attached statistical personnel for effective data collection in coordination with user Departments. Similarly, Census and Surveys of National importance are carried out in coordination with the user Departments.
At the District level, the District Economics and Statistics Officer (DESO) is the head of the office. The DESO is the member secretary in the district level committees relating to statistical matters and is also the District Registrar of Births & Deaths.
REGISTRATION OF BIRTHS & DEATHS (VITAL STATISTICS)
Civil registration of Births & Deaths is an integrated information system that generates primary legal, administrative and statistical information which benefits individual households, communities, Government institutions and Non â€“ Governmental organizations engaged in various Socio- Economic and other human development activities. Vital statistics generated through registration of births and deaths is the primary data used for assessing population of a State at any point of time.
The registration of Births and Deaths Act 1969 was enacted and enforced in the country. The Nagaland registration of Births and Deaths rules 1972 was framed under this act and was subsequently amended by the Model Registration of Births and Deaths Act 1969. The Directorate of Economics & Statistics (DES) is the nodal Department for implementation of Registration of Births and Deaths Act in the State. Currently, the DES has brought out Annual Report of Births and Deaths up to 2016. There are 1427 registration centres functioning in the State as on April 2016. Out of these 1395 are in the rural areas and 32 in the urban areas.
Registration centres in the Medical Institutions have also been set up