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Tripura elections 2018

Voters wait in queue to cast their votes at a polling booth, during Tripura Assembly elections in Raj Nagar, Agartala Photo: PTI

Archana Chaudhary and Vrishti Beniwal | Bloomberg Mumbai
India’s planning to revise its data for key economic indicators again. And it has left economists shaking their heads.

Over the last few years, multiple changes to how India uses and calculates crucial data - from economic growth and inflation to jobs and taxes - has sparked a debate on the credibility of government data once hailed for its rigour. 

On Feb. 15 the government said it would again change the base year to 2017-18 to reflect changes in the economy, even as data scientists are awaiting comparable data for the 2015 GDP methodology revisions. That change, designed to capture

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First Published: Feb 27 2018 | 10:31 AM IST

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