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Economic Affairs secretary S C Garg defends data revisions amid row

'The results are there for everyone to see,' Garg said

Karthikeyan Sundaram | Bloomberg 

Subhash Chandra Garg
Subhash Chandra Garg

The government sought to put an end to a controversy about political influence on government data, with a top official saying revisions to economic statistics are a fact and the revisions themselves are based on facts.

“It might not appear to be meeting people’s expectations, for some,” Subhash Chandra Garg, the economic affairs secretary in the finance ministry, said in an interview to Bloomberg TV. “But the revision is based on real data.”

Garg’s clarification comes a week after 108 from around the world accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s administration of deliberately revising or withholding statistics that show his government in poor light. The issue has become a politically sensitive one ahead of elections beginning next month, especially with revisions to gross domestic product data that show economic growth under Modi to be among the fastest ever.

“The results are there for everyone to see,” Garg said, referring to the downward revision in the current financial year’s GDP data. “It’s not that any revision that has been done has positive messages all over.”

“Outside investors have higher degree of confidence in India’s performance,” Garg said, adding: “The long term story of India is steady and intact.”

First Published: Sat, March 23 2019. 02:31 IST
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