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Wednesday, April 01, 2020

P C Mohanan


The writer is former head of the National Statisitical Commission

Bias exists in survey responses, but also in government’s own telling
Sat, Jan 04, 2020

The immediate cause for suspecting the genuineness of survey responses is the divergence in the estimates of households with access to toilets.

Government data always come with limitations, but now they have a political dimension
Tue, Nov 19, 2019

The once credible and open Indian statistical system is now turning away from objectivity and introspection. The institutions that were set up to safeguard its autonomy and independence are becoming insignificant.

Sample surveys are important to validate administrative databases
Sat, May 25, 2019

The report shows the importance of sample surveys to validate administrative databases and the need to restrain the tendency to be overly confident on administrative data — be it EPFO data or MCA-21 data — without adequate scrutiny of the processes that generate the databases.

The pillar stands
Sat, Mar 02, 2019

Indian statistical system can withstand political pressures. Legislation and public scrutiny can strengthen it further.

Because data is a public good
Tue, Feb 12, 2019

My resignation from National Statistical Commission was the last act in a long story of disregard for its reports