Statistics Day 2024: Celebrating Data-Driven Decision Making

Statistics Day 2024: Celebrating Data-Driven Decision Making

Since 2007, June 29th has been celebrated as Statistics Day in India to honor Professor (late) Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis, highlighting the significance of statistics in national development.


The day aims to raise public awareness, particularly among the youth, about the role of statistics in socio-economic planning and policy formulation.

Theme of Statistics Day 2024

The theme for 2024 is “Use of data for decision-making,” emphasizing the crucial role of data-driven decision-making in all sectors.

Main Event Highlights

The main event was held at Manekshaw Centre, Delhi Cantt., New Delhi, featuring Dr. Arvind Panagariya as the Chief Guest, who underscored Mahalanobis’s contributions and advocated for continued data-driven policy-making in India.

Key Speakers

  • Prof. Rajeeva Laxman Karandikar highlighted the importance of accessible data.
  • Dr. Saurabh Garg discussed MoSPI’s recent initiatives, including the eSankhyiki portal, aimed at enhancing data accessibility and usability.


The event saw participation from senior government officials, international organizations, and stakeholders, underscoring the event’s national and international significance.

Technical Sessions

Dr. Ajay Kumar and Mr. Luis Felipe Lopez-Calva elaborated on the role of data in governance and global best practices in data utilization, respectively.

Reports Released

MoSPI released three key reports on SDG progress, providing time series data and accessible via their website and the newly launched eSankhyiki portal.

eSankhyiki Portal

Launched to facilitate comprehensive data management and sharing, the portal offers a Data Catalogue and Macro Indicators section, enhancing data accessibility and reusability for planners, policymakers, and researchers.

Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) with Answers:

  1. When is Statistics Day celebrated in India?
    • A) June 29
    • B) July 1
    • C) December 25
    • D) May 1
    • Answer: A) June 29
  2. What was the theme of Statistics Day in 2024?
    • A) Statistics for Sustainable Development
    • B) Use of data for decision-making
    • C) Digital Transformation in Statistics
    • D) Enhancing Statistical Literacy
    • Answer: B) Use of data for decision-making
  3. Who was the Chief Guest at the Statistics Day event in 2024?
    • A) Dr. Rajeeva Laxman Karandikar
    • B) Dr. Arvind Panagariya
    • C) Dr. Saurabh Garg
    • D) Prof. P.C. Mahalanobis
    • Answer: B) Dr. Arvind Panagariya
  4. What is the primary objective of Statistics Day?
    • A) To celebrate national holidays
    • B) To honor international statisticians
    • C) To create awareness about the role of statistics
    • D) To promote mathematics in schools
    • Answer: C) To create awareness about the role of statistics
  5. Which new portal was launched by MoSPI during Statistics Day 2024?
    • A) Data Analysis Portal
    • B) Statistics Showcase
    • C) eSankhyiki Portal
    • D) Statistical Data Repository
    • Answer: C) eSankhyiki Portal