The National Buildings Organisation (NBO) was set up in 1954 as an attached office under the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (the then Ministry of Works and Housing) for technology transfer, experimentation, development, and dissemination of housing statistics. In the region of the formulation of Housing Policy and Programmes, study of socio-economic aspects of housing issues and the increased need for housing statistics, NBO was restructured in 1992. NBO was further revamped in March 2006 with the revised mandate keeping in view the present needs under the National Housing Policy, and various socio-economic and statistical functions connected with the housing and building activities.
The mandate of the NBO in its restructured form is as follows: –
- To collect, collate, validate, study, disseminate and publish the housing and building construction statistics.
- To conduct training programmes for the officers and staff of the State Government engaged in the collection and dissemination of housing and building construction statistics.
- To make and manage a documentation center relating to housing, poverty, slums, and infrastructure related statistics.
Major activities of the Organisation:
NBO is majorly engaged in the collection, collation, analysis, and dissemination of housing and buildings construction statistics with a view to having an effective countrywide system for this purpose. In addition, the Organisation coordinates activities concerning the information emanating from various sources, namely, the Registrar General of India, National Sample Survey Office and other related organizations. The statistics collected and disseminated by NBO is not only used in policy formulations but is also utilized by the several research organizations in the field of housing.