Icrier’s response to the Mint exclusive report this week on the think tank’s survey on the impact of modern retail on small shops, has been to claim that the numbers in the Mint stories are at variance with the likely numbers in the Icrier study.
We wonder how a scientific survey, long finished and sitting on Icrier director Rajiv Kumar’s desk for a while now and from which Mint got the data that it published, could throw up different results by the time Icrier is ready to present it to the government. Icrier ought to come up with good prescriptions for the government, but its claims should be based on what its own survey actually shows.
Icrier has already taken an inordinate amount of time to wrap up this critical study. If its avowed independence is to be taken seriously, Icrier owes India’s citizens, who pay for many of its government-funded studies through their taxes, to come clean and actually show all the data.