February 22: The Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) will complete field visits for the National Industrial Survey within six weeks in order to find out the extent of damage caused by the Covid-19 pandemic on the industrial sector.
Officials of CBS assured that they will complete the field visits for the 'National Industrial Survey' within the stipulated time. According to Rajesh Dhital, head of the industrial census and survey branch of the bureau, the survey, which started in February last year, was halted from March 2020 due to Covid-19.
He informed that the surveyors are visiting the industrial areas in Kathmandu, Bara, Parsa, Kapilvastu and other districts to study the details.
The enumerators who have gone for on-site data collection are also taking help from the local levels for data collection. However, the survey is not yet complete. CBS plans to complete 90 percent of the work in March and 10 percent in the second week of April.
"The data entry is likely to be delayed as we have to leave all work and go for the national census. It will delay the survey," Dhital informed. The national census which is conducted every decade will be done next year. The government has already started preparations for the census this year.
However, the industrial survey conducted by the CBS is also crucial as it will have a detailed assessment of the impact of Covid-19.
The government first conducted an industrial survey in 2029 BS. Since then, such surveys are being conducted every five to 10 years.
According to Dhital, the survey will also help in reviewing industrial policies.