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Need for a strong and reliable statistical system in India: Lessons from a pandemic

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JournalECONOMIC AND POLITICAL WEEKLY
DatePublished - 8 Aug 2020
Issue number3233
Volume55
Number of pages4
Pages (from-to)16-19
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

The evolution and organisation of the Indian statistical system is reviewed with particular emphasis on social sector statistics. In the light of recent experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic, some evident lacunae in the system of collecting, synchronising, and disseminating data from diverse sources are discussed. The critical need for better financing of the statistical agencies, facilitating homogeneous integration between different agencies, and promoting transparency, accountability, and autonomy of the statistical system are highlighted as key priorities.

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