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108 academicians slam Modi govt over suppression of unfavourable unemployment data

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Almost a month after the NSSO data on unemployment was rejected by the government, expressing concerns over rampant political interference in data estimation,108 economists and social scientists on Thursday(March 14) called for the restoration of "institutional independence" and integrity of statistical organisations. This appeal comes against the backdrop of controversy over the revision of gross domestic product (GDP) numbers and withholding employment data by the NSSO. In their appeal both social scientists and economists highlighted the fact that until recently, India’s statistical machinery enjoyed a high-level of reputation for the integrity of the data it […]

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