Gurucharan Manna

Gurucharan Manna

Senior Adviser

Gurucharan Manna is a Senior Adviser at NCAER. He was the Director General of the Central Statistical Office (CSO) and National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) in the Government of India. Dr Manna has nearly 40 years of specialized experience in sample design, estimation procedures for household and establishment surveys, and the design of survey questionnaires and related documents for fieldwork and data validation.  Over the years, his responsibilities at NSSO/CSO have included the compilation of GDP estimates; conduct of the 6th Economic Census; technical coordination and supervision of the Annual Survey of Industries, Energy Statistics, and Infrastructure Statistics; compilation of the Index of Industrial Production and the Index of Service Production; finalization of survey methodologies and reports for NSSO socio-economic surveys; and compilation of foreign trade statistics. He is currently the Chairman of the Editorial Advisory Board of Sarvekshana – a half-yearly journal being brought out by NSSO, Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation. He is also a member of the Reconstituted Expert Group on Minimum Wages and National Floor Wages constituted by the Ministry of Labour and Employment and of the Labour Bureau’s Expert Group for All-India Surveys.

JOURNAL | Economic and Political Weekly
Moving Beyond the Current Approach of Measuring Short Term Growth in Industrial Production
Gurucharan Manna
June 2017

JOURNAL | Sarvekshana, 100th Issue, 2016
Surveys on Employment-Unemployment by the NSSO and Labour Bureau: Emerging Issues and Way Forward Towards Developing an Integrated Database
Gurucharan Manna

JOURNAL | The Journal of Industrial Statistics, Volume 4, Number 2
Exploring an Alternative Index of Industrial Production
Gurucharan Manna
September 2015

JOURNAL | The Journal of Industrial Statistics, Volume 2, Number 1
A Study of Cross-validation of Growth Rates of Industrial Production Based on IIP and ASI for Some Important Item Groups
Gurucharan Manna
March 2013

JOURNAL | Sarvekshana, 98th Issue
Towards Meeting the Data Requirements at Sub-State Level from the NSS
Gurucharan Manna

BOOK CHAPTER | Routledge
Data on Manufacturing Sector: Current Status and Challenges
Gurucharan Manna

Paper Presentation | NSSO for the Seminar on NSS 70th and 71st Rounds
Disparity across States in the Level of Income, Income Inequality and Proportion of Poor Among agricultural Households in India
Gurucharan Manna
June 2017

Paper Presentation | Symposium on GDP Estimation
An Investigation into Some Contentious Issues of GDP Estimation; Paper presented in the Symposium on GDP Estimation
Gurucharan Manna
January 2017

Paper Presentation | Services Sector Statistics
Co-authored the Theme Paper on Services Sector Statistics for the 8th Statistics Day celebrated on 29 June 2014
Gurucharan Manna

Paper Presentation | NCAER Symposium
An article on the topic “National Sample Surveys: Scope, Methods and their Evolution
Gurucharan Manna
November 2013

Paper Presentation | Private Final consumption Expenditure
Prepared a divisional paper regarding the Impact of Revised Rates and Ratios pertaining to manufactured items and services sector, derived based on latest surveys, on the overall official estimate of Private Final consumption Expenditure
Gurucharan Manna


  • PhD University of Kalyani, West Bengal, India, August 2013
  • Master of Statistics Indian Statistical Institute
  • Bachelor of Science Statistics Honours

Work Experience

  • May 2018–Present: Senior Adviser, NCAER and Data Innovation Centre, New Delhi
  • November 2016–March 2017: Director-General, Central Statistics Office
  • November 2013–November 2016: Additional Director-General, Central Statistics Office
  • March 2010–November 2013: Deputy Director-General, Central Statistics Office
  • August 2009–March 2010: Deputy Director-General, National Sample Survey Office
  • March 2009–August 2009: Consultant, Asian Development Bank
  • July 2006–March 2009: Deputy Director-General, National Sample Survey Office
  • 2001–July 2006: Director, National Sample Survey Office
  • 2000–2001: Director, National Statistical Commission
  • 1999–2000: Director, Central Statistical Office
  • 1984–1999: Director, Joint/ Deputy Director
  • 1982–1984: Assistant Director, Directorate General of Commercial Intelligence & Statistics
  • 1980–1982: ISS Probationer, Central Statistical Office