Central Bureau of Statistics (Nepal)

The Central Bureau of Statistics is the central agency for the collection, consolidation, processing, analysis, publication and dissemination of statistics in Nepal.[1] One of its core tasks is to research and publish censuses of Nepal, the most prominent one being the overall population census and Demographics of Nepal.[2]

Central Bureau of Statistics[1]
केन्द्रीय तथाङ्क विभाग
Agency overview
Jurisdiction   Nepal
HeadquartersThapathali, Kathmandu, Nepal
Agency executives
  • Suman Raj Aryal, Director General(2014-2019)
  • Nabinlal Shrestha, Director General(2019-present)
Parent agencyNational Planning Commission of Nepal, Government of Nepal
Key document
  • Statistics Act, 2015 BS


The Central Bureau of Statistics was established in 1959 under the National Planning Commission of Nepal, which is headed by the Prime Minister of Nepal.[1][3] Before 2015, different Nepalese governmental organisations gathered statistical information on their own. This led to inconsistencies in statistical information, for which the Bureau called for improvement of the processes, which, however, were not implemented as of 2017.[4]

The Bureau's main functions include providing its government with statistics to help with public policy planning, collecting and analyzing socioeconomic data, and developing methodologies for reliable data collection and implementation.[5]

After the April 2015 Nepal earthquake, the Bureau, in coordination with the United Nations, collected data regarding the damages in order for the Government of Nepal to support and compensate the victims.[6][7]


  1. ^ a b c "About CBS". Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  2. ^ "Census puts Nepal's population at 26.49 million". Kantipur (daily). Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  3. ^ "Introduction & History". National Planning Commission. Retrieved 20 October 2017.
  4. ^ "CBS launches Kathmandu Declaration". The Himalayan Times. 8 September 2015. Retrieved 20 October 2017.
  5. ^ https://cbs.gov.np/main-functions/
  6. ^ "CBS collecting details of loss in 14 quake-hit districts afresh". The Himalayan Times. 17 January 2016. Retrieved 20 October 2017.
  7. ^ "CBS to submit data on quake survivors soon". The Himalayan Times. 19 December 2015. Retrieved 20 October 2017.