ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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Dealing with a Deteriorating Statistical Base

India's offi cial statistical collection machinery has been in decline for more than two decades. The National Statistical Commission was supposed to reverse the decline, but the NSC has had to suffer the government's indifference. It is time the users of information, the academic community in particular, wake up to the fall in quality of Indian data. As a fi rst step, academics and public intellectuals should come together to form an India Database Forum which could discuss and highlight what ails the statistical system and then pressure the government to fi x what was once the envy of the world but is now among the weakest.

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