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The Directorate of Economics and Statistics (DES) is functioning as a principal Statistical Organisation of Government of Maharashtra, which is administratively under control of the Planning Department at Mantralaya. The office of the DES, headed by Smt. S. M. Aparajit, is housed on 8th floor of the Administrative Building, Mumbai Suburban District, Bandra (East), where as the EDP centre of DES is functioning on 4th and 7th floors of New Administrative Building, opposite Mantralaya, Mumbai.

The main functions of the Directorate are to collect official statistics, to collect data through surveys, censuses and type studies on such matters for which official statistics are inadequate; to analyse the data so collected; to undertake evaluation of important programmes; to bring out statistical publications regularly; to impart training to statistical personnel; to co-ordinate the work of statistical sections in different departments of the State Government and give them technical guidance and to give advice to the State Government on economic and statistical matters. As the principal statistical office in the State, the Directorate has to act as liaison between the State Government and the Central Government on all statistical matters. The processing of statistical information collected by this Directorate and other departments of the Government is done at Electronic Data Processing Section of this Directorate.