NSC was established in 2005 on the recommendations of the Rangarajan committee. However, the panel had recommended setting up of the NSC as a statutory body reporting directly to Parliament.
Earlier, the government had decided to merge National
Sample Survey Office (NSSO) and Central Statistics Office (CSO) to set up National Statistics Office (NSO).
This had raised doubts over the role of NSC, which was envisaged as a governing council of the NSO in the original decision taken during the United Progressive Alliance government in 2005.
The clarification today enforced the importance of NSC.