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Economists, social scientists concerned over political interference in statistical data estimation

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New Delhi: Nobody has hurt India's global reputation and credibility more than the Modi government, the Congress alleged on Friday after over 100 economists and social scientists expressed concerns over "political interference" in statistical data in the country.

As many as 108 economists and social scientists on Thursday called for the restoration of "institutional independence" and integrity of statistical organisations. Their appeal came against the backdrop of controversy over the revision of gross domestic product (GDP) numbers and withholding employment data by the NSSO.

"Nobody has hurt India's global reputation and credibility more than Modi government. 108 global economists and social scientists are concerned and you should be too!" Congress' chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said in a tweet. He urged people to vote out a party which, he alleged, "hides its massive failures by statistical jugglery and excel sheet management!"