Statistics for Local Area Planning

The decentralization initiated by 73rd and 74th amendments of the Indian Constitution has mandated local planning at the village, mandal and district levels as well as in urban local governments and their consolidation into a District Plan in each district. The decentralized planning exercises necessitated increased requirement for basic level data on various socio economic indicators for effective planning, implementation and monitoring.

As a pilot study in rural areas, the village level information under SLAP has been collected for all the rural mandals (442) in Telangana State for the reference period 2012-13. The Assistant Statistical Officer working at mandal level has compiled the data in coordination with the official of the line departments. Anganwadi workers, Panchayat Secretary, Revenue Officials, Health Worker (ANM), Local Doctor, Local Teacher and Veterinary Doctor, Village headman and knowledgeable persons are the resource persons for compilation of data at village level. The SLAP data for the year 2012-13 has been computerized at mandal level. The data processing was done at DES and generated reports at mandal/district level.

The pilot study in urban areas was commissioned in 2013-14 and implemented in Telangana through the Directorates of Economics and Statistics (DES) in Armur town of Nizamabad district. The Bill Collectors at ward level, Town Planning and Building Overseer at town level, Revenue Officials at Mandal level, Health Worker (ANM), Local Doctor, Local Teacher and Veterinary Doctor were the resource persons at the field level for collection of information at ward and town level for the reference year 2012-13.

Based on the pilot study results and to develop a comprehensive database at village level to meet the requirements of all Govt. Departments/ Agencies for planning, implementation and monitoring of various schemes at village level, a scheme of Statistics for Local Area Planning (SLAP) in Rural areas and Urban areas has been taken up during the year 2015-16 for collection of village/Ward/town level information for the reference period 2014-15.

Expected output and outcome under SLAP:

Output :

  • A. Village/Ward/Town level information in the form of well structured database shall be created.
  • B. The following handbooks will be made available for each district.
    • 1. Mandal Handbook consists of village wise information
    • 2. Ward/Town level information
    • 3. District Handbook consists of mandal/Assembly/ Parliamentary constituency wise information
    • 4. State report consists of district wise information


  • The data collected under SLAP can be used as inputs for micro level planning at village/panchayat, Mandal, Ward/Town and district level and also for facilitating formulation of local level developmental plans, monitoring of various ongoing and future schemes of central and state governments.