‘Govt Revising Or Suppressing Uncomfortable Data’: 108 Economists, Social Scientists Raise Concern
The experts have appealed to all professional economists, statisticians and researchers to come together to raise their voice against the tendency “to suppress uncomfortable data”.
NEW DELHI — 108 economists and social scientists have expressed concerns over “political interference” in statistical data in India and called for the restoration of “institutional independence” and integrity of statistical organisations.
In a joint statement released on Thursday, 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, but never were allegations made of political interference influencing decisions and the estimates themselves,” they said in an appeal.
In their statement, the experts have appealed to all professional economists, statisticians and independent researchers to come together to raise their voice against the tendency “to suppress uncomfortable data” and impress upon the government to restore access and integrity to public statistics and re-establish institutional independence.