Economic Census (EC) is the complete count of all establishments / units located within the geographical boundaries of the country. All units (establishments) engaged in production or distribution of goods or services other than for the sole purpose of own consumption was counted. All establishments engaged in agricultural except establishments engaged in crop production and plantation and non-agricultural activities were covered.
So far, five ECs have been taken up under the aegis of the Central Statistics Office (CSO), Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation, Government of India during the years 1977, 1980, 1990, 1998 & 2005 and the present census is 6th in the series conducted during the year 2013.
6th Economic Census was conducted by collecting the data under Collection of Statistics Act, 2008 using Layout Map (LM) & Abridged House List (AHL) to minimize omissions and duplications during the field work.