New Delhi, Aug 25: A report that showed higher GDP growth during the United Progressive Alliance’s tenure in government has been removed from the Statistics and Programme Implementation ministry’s website.
A report that showed higher GDP growth during the United Progressive Alliance’s (UPA) tenure in government has been removed from the Statistics and Programme Implementation ministry’s website.
The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government changed the base year for GDP calculation to 2010-11 from 2004-05 -- the benchmark used by the UPA. The back series GDP growth report extrapolated figures for the UPA tenure using the changed base year.
The report was published on the ministry’s website on July 25; it said India grew at 10.8 per cent in 2006-07 (when Manmohan Singh was prime minister) if the same base was used as the benchmark.
"Truth has triumphed," former Union Minister P Chidambaram said last week. "The back series calculation of GDP has proved that the best years of economic growth were the UPA years 2004-2014."
"I wish the Modi government well in its fifth year. It can never catch up with UPA I, but I wish it catches up with UPA II," he said.
This triggered a political war of words. The BJP went on the offensive as the report’s findings were attacking the very foundation of its narrative on the ’growth story during the NDA being a marked improvement over the UPA regime’.