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108 economists denounce tinkering with India's economic indicators; call for unity
Mar 15, 2019

Expressing concerns over political interference in statistical data in India, as many as 108 economists and social scientists on Thursday called for restoration of institutional independence and integrity of statistical organisations.
 
Their appeal comes against the backdrop of controversy over revision of gross domestic product (GDP) numbers and withholding employment data by the NSSO.
 
They said that for decades, India's statistical machinery enjoyed a high-level of reputation for the integrity of the data it produced on a range of economic and social parameters.
 
It (statistical machinery) was often criticised for the quality of its estimates, but never were allegations made of political interference influencing decisions and the estimates themselves, they said in an appeal.
 
They have appealed to all professional economists, statisticians and independent researchers to come together to raise their voice against the tendency to suppress uncomfortable data and impress upon the government to restore access and integrity to public statistics and re-establish institutional independence.
    

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