The Reserve Bank has been conducting Order Books, Inventories and Capacity Utilisation Survey (OBICUS) of the manufacturing sector on a quarterly basis. The survey seeks quantitative information on order books, inventories and capacity utilisation, such as, pending order books, backlog order books, total inventories, finished goods inventories, work in progress inventories, installed capacity, quantity produced, capacity utilisation, value of production, etc., from companies involved in manufacturing activities. The information on installed capacity, quantity produced, value of production, etc., is used for calculating the capacity utilisation at industry as well as at an all India level. The survey has been providing a significant input to the Reserve Bank in monetary policy formulation.
The salient features of this survey results at the aggregate level are published in the Macroeconomic and Monetary Developments (MMD) with data release in every quarter. A detailed article based on the results for the quarter ending October 2012 to September 2013 was published in April 2014 issue of the RBI monthly bulletin.
M/s Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy Pvt. Ltd. (CMIE), Mumbai, has been mandated to conduct the survey for this quarter on behalf of the Reserve Bank of India. The major manufacturing companies will be approached by the agency during the quarter. Other manufacturing companies that are not approached by the agency can also participate in this survey round by downloading the survey schedule from the Reserve Bank’s website www.rbi.org.in. The survey schedule is placed under the head Forms and sub-head Survey. The duly authenticated filled-in survey schedule may be e-mailed or faxed to the agency as per contact details provided in the survey schedule.
In case of any query/clarification, kindly contact at the following address:
The Director, Division Enterprise Surveys, Department of Statistics and Information Management, Reserve Bank of India, C-8, 2nd floor, Bandra-Kurla Complex, Bandra (East), Mumbai-400051, Phone-022-26578275, 022-26578235; Fax- 022-26571555, E-mail.