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

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Behind the Post-1991 'Challenge' to the Functional Efficiency of Established Statistical Institutions

This paper provides a documented account of what drove the post-1991 statistical policy shifts which contributed so much to what the Report of the Committee on Unorganised Sector Statistics (2012) describes as the "challenges" of ensuring the quality and credibility of India's statistical database. The initial focus is on the ideology and actions which lay behind the functionally destructive institutional restructuring of two established Indian statistical organisations - the Field Operations Division of the National Sample Survey Organisation and the Economic Census. An account of the consequences follows.

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