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What's wrong if GDP growth under UPA is shown in better light?, asks Govt of India panel chief

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Economist Sudipto Mundle, who headed the committee which prepared the back-series GDP report – which showed higher growth during UPA years than under four years of NDA rule – has said that there is nothing wrong with the data. The Committee on Real Sector Statistics under Mundle, appointed by the Modi government, averaged the growth rate during 10 years of UPA rule at more than 8 per cent, while concluding that it has been 7.35 per cent in the last four years of the NDA government.
“The controversy is not about the numbers or the data that has been published; nobody has questioned the numbers that have been put out. It is more political in nature and that is somewhat natural – the opposition parties will say that they did things better and the ruling party will say that they are doing things right. It is part of the game.”
The report, which was first published on the website of the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation on July 25, removed from its original web address in the reports section of the ministry website, and posted in the ‘Draft Reports’ section of the National Statistical Commission under the ‘About Us’ section of the website.

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