Data wars: Why politicians need to stay out of it3 min read 13 May 2019, 12:41 AM IST
UPA, like NITI Aayog, had said that the existing systems did not capture job data adequately
Last week the Central Statistics Office (CSO), the country’s premier data collection agency, got mired in a fresh controversy. This time it turns out that a key database used to estimate the new series of the gross domestic product (GDP) or national income of the country is suspect. Several statisticians have been railing against the new series for awhile, but this time an official study conducted by the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO), which is part of the CSO, has confirmed these apprehensions. The study reported in Mint (bit.ly/2Vh1syP) disturbingly found that more than a third of the companies that form part of the MCA-21 database used in calculating the GDP series was either wrongly classified or not traceable.
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