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India election

Indian debate intensifies over government stats before elections

Economists question credibility, chartered accountants rebut 'baseless' concerns

NEW DELHI -- Just weeks ahead of India's general elections, a debate is raging about the credibility of the country's statistical data under the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

In a rare appeal, a group of 108 economists and social scientists from across the globe have come together to submit an open letter entitled 'Economic Statistics in a Shambles', in which they voice their concerns about "political interference" in India's statistical machinery and called for the country's statistical organizations to be given back their institutional independence and integrity.

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