Sri Lanka’s statisticians are bemoaning the lack of physical infrastructure and material resources to support their work.

The Institute of Applied Statistics, Sri Lanka and the Applied Statistics Association of Sri Lanka noted that they lacked proper laboratory facilities with computers.

President of the Institute and Association Dr. N.R. Abeynayake said that hiring laboratories came at a very high price.

She requested for financial relief to be provided in this regard and explained that statisticians could aid in policy-making in relation to all aspects.

“Despite the difficulties, we conduct training programmes for governmental employees and employees of non-governmental organizations. We charge only a nominal fee. These are all computer based. We suffer due to the lack of physical resources. Human resource wise, in terms of professionals and academics, we are rich. But infrastructure is the major problem,” Dr. Abeynayake added. Recently, State Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs, Niroshan Perera said that accurate statistics (clear and objective numerical data) concerning important aspects and their timely provision played a vital role with regard to decision-making during the many stages of the process of policy planning.

The adoption of new quality enhancing technology in relation to this too is required. RLJ