View: Statisticians are not crooks. But their methodologies do need to change

By Swaminathan S Anklesaria Aiyar The government has junked the 2017-18 National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) consumption survey which, accordingly to a leaked report, showed total consumption declining by 3.7% between 2011-12 and 2017-18, and rural consumption falling 8%. Protests have erupted from Opposition parties and a group of 214 academics. On the other hand, … Read more View: Statisticians are not crooks. But their methodologies do need to change

Urban Unemployment Rate Drops To Lowest In 4 Quarters: Government Data

New Delhi:  Amid criticism over high unemployment rate, a survey by the National Statistical Office (NSO) on Saturday showed that urban unemployment rate dropped to the lowest level in four quarters at 9.3 per cent during January-March 2019. The quarterly bulletin of Periodic Labour Force Survey by the NSO, released on Saturday, does not contain … Read more Urban Unemployment Rate Drops To Lowest In 4 Quarters: Government Data

Over 200 economists, academicians ask government to release NSSO data, reports

More than 200 economists and academicians have asked the government to release data of all surveys and reports, including results of the Consumer Expenditure Survey 2017-18, completed by the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO). According to some media reports, the 2017-18 Consumer Expenditure Survey shows a sharp decline in average consumption and the survey results … Read more Over 200 economists, academicians ask government to release NSSO data, reports

View: Why we can’t compare PLFS & EUS data on unemployment

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By Neeraj Kaushal A few weeks ago, GoI released the much-awaited Periodic Labour Force Survey (PLFS). Many articles have appeared since, comparing the 2017-18 unemployment rate based on PLFS with the 2011-12 unemployment rate from the Employment-Unemployment Survey (EUS) of the National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO), arriving at alarming conclusions that unemployment in India has … Read more View: Why we can’t compare PLFS & EUS data on unemployment

Why did rising unemployment not hurt Prime Minister Narendra Modi?

The latest National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) report shows that unemployment has risen to a record 6.1% in 2017-18, almost triple the 2.2% in 2011-12. NSSO claims this is partly due to a change in methodology giving more weight to educated people, who have always had higher unemployment rates than illiterates. Separately, Centre for Monitoring … Read more Why did rising unemployment not hurt Prime Minister Narendra Modi?

Niti Aayog for revamp of Indian statistical system

Niti Aayog vice-chairman Rajiv Kumar has stressed on the revamp and modernisation of the Indian statistical system so that real-time data is captured and used for policy analysis. The Aayog, Kumar says, is in touch with the World Bank for modernising the country’s statistical system. “One thing that I am clear about is that our … Read more Niti Aayog for revamp of Indian statistical system

MCA-21 is on real-time basis, ghost cos get ousted via KYC drive: Government

NEW DELHI: As the government sets out to counter views of its agency raising eligibility of MCA-21 data as one of the tools to arrive at GDP numbers, the Corporate Affairs Ministry has dismissed any bogus data within the database saying MCA-21 is on real time basis and if a company after entering the database … Read more MCA-21 is on real-time basis, ghost cos get ousted via KYC drive: Government

Nearly 2 crore men lost jobs between FY 2012-18: NSSO

NEW DELHI: The number of men employed in the country has fallen down by nearly two crore in the five years between 2011-12 and 2017-18, as per the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) report which was recently buried by the government. A review of the NSSO’s Periodic Labour Force Survey (PLFS) 2017-18 report, which is … Read more Nearly 2 crore men lost jobs between FY 2012-18: NSSO

108 Economists From Around the World Object to ‘Political Interference’ in Statistics in India, Cite GDP and Job Data

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New Delhi: Expressing concerns over “political interference” in influencing statistical data in India, as many as 108 economists and social scientists Thursday called for restoration of “institutional independence” and integrity to the statistical organisations. Their joint statement comes in the backdrop of controversy over revision of gross domestic product (GDP) numbers and withholding employment data … Read more 108 Economists From Around the World Object to ‘Political Interference’ in Statistics in India, Cite GDP and Job Data

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