Govt to use GSTN data to assess employment


The Prime Minister’s office is working on bringing out regular employment data to help policy makers assess the impact of government’s polices on jobs. But, unlike developed countries, India hardly has any regular and reliable employment data collection.

The PMO had set up a task force earlier this year, under the chairmanship of Deputy Chairman of Niti Aayog, Arvind Panagariya. The task force submitted its report recently, suggesting a total revamp in data collection by use of new methods.

Sources said Panagariya also suggested collating data from the vast repository of GSTN to get number of employed in small factories. The labour ministry’s labour bureau conducts employment survey quarterly, but it does not cover small factories or units which employ less than 10 people.

Though GST also exempts businesses with turnover of Rs 20 lakh, data about those under composition schme can be captured through the GSTN.

“The data on number of taxpayers above Rs 20 lakh turnover will keep updating every month and it can provide a desired back up for survey on employment,” Panagariya is believed to have told in his presentation.

The GSTN is expected to have data about registered and unregistered tax payer businessmen, exporters, suppliers and consumers — all at one place. Panagariya has also suggested conducting yearly enterprise survey.

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