New Delhi: Expressing concerns over "political interference" in influencing statistical data in India, as many as 108 economists and social scientists Thursday called for restoration of "institutional independence" and integrity to the statistical organisations. Their joint statement comes in 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, […]

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