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Experts concerned over meddling in data estimation

IANS  |  New Delhi 

Over 100 economists and scientists on Thursday expressed concerns over "political interference" in the estimation of statistical in and urged for institutional independence of statistical institutions.

A statement signed by as many as 108 experts said that economic is a public good and necessary for policy-making in democracies for informed public discourse.

They said the involvement of NITI Aayog and the removal of back series GDP from the website of the (NSSO) damaged the integrity of NSSO and the Central Office (CSO).

They said NITI Aayog is a statistical body and does not have any expertise in statistical collection.

They said that India's statistical institutions never faced political influence and enjoyed high-level of reputation due to the integrity of their data for many years, which is now being ruined.

The experts urged professional economists and statisticians to raise their voice against the tendency "to suppress uncomfortable data" and force the government to restore the integrity of Indian statistical institutions and their estimated data.

The appeal comes in the backdrop of recent controversy of NSSO withholding employment data.

The signatories of the statement include include of of Management, Ahmedabad), from Delhi University, Hema Swaminathan (IIM, Bangalore), (Jawaharlal Nehru University), R. Ramakumar (TISS, Mumbai), at Amherst's and from

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First Published: Thu, March 14 2019. 22:10 IST
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