ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Indian Statistical System in a Troubled State

A Viewpoint for Debate

The recent furore about key economic statistics in India could only dent the age-old reputation of the official statistical cadre. However, if government control continues trampling upon the autonomy and integrity of the official statistical institutions in the country in this manner, then their reputation of competence and impartiality stands the grave risk of being marred in no time.

The author would like to thank Sudipto Mundle for his detailed comments on an earlier draft of this article, J Dennis Rajakumar for his valuable comments on the current draft, and Vijayata B Sawant and K Srinivasan for their assistance in preparing this article.

Recently, somewhat quite suddenly, there has surfaced a threat to the autonomy of the Indian Statistical System (ISS), attributable to various actions on the part of official agencies, particularly after the economic situation began deteriorating. Against this backdrop, we study the working of ISS and also take this opportunity to address the wider issues faced by the statistical institutions and the system as a whole.

Evolution of the ISS

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Updated On : 20th Jan, 2020
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