National Statistical Commission

• The two remaining non-government members of the National Statistical Commission (NSC) on Monday quit the organisation citing a lack involvement in key decisions such as the recently-released gross domestic product (GDP) back series.

• It launch of the new economic census and delay in publishing the employment-unemployment report for 2016-17 despite its approval.

• NSC is the apex advisory body on statistical matters.

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• P C Mohanan, who was serving as chairman of NSC, and Delhi School of Economics professor JV Meenakshi sent their resignation letters to the statistics ministry on Monday.

• The move has left the commission with chief statistician Pravin Srivastava and NITI Aayog’s Amitabh Kant as members.

• “The commission is being sidelined, neglected. We felt that the NSC was not doing its job and we were not being involved in key decisions.

• The NSC’s job is to restore trust in official statistics and we were not serving that purpose,” said one of the members who has resigned.

• The back series, released in November, adjusted the GDP numbers for the period using new methodology with the base year as FY12 and has scaled back growth in the UPA years from the peak of 10.3% in FY11 to 8.5%.

• The new series also highlighted that the contribution of the services sector was overestimated earlier and has been revised down.

• “They were not happy with the way the government is treating the commission,” said a person aware of the development.

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Mains Paper 2: Governance

Prelims level: National Statistical Commission

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