On Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered a robust defence of his government’s management of the economy, shortly after the Reserve Bank of India lowered its Gross Value Added (GVA) growth estimates for the current fiscal year from 7.3% to 6.7%. Prime Minister Modi highlighted trends in the Indian economy, compared his government’s record with the previous United Progressive Alliance regime, and presented a report card on the progress of his administration’s flagship schemes.
One of the key sources of data the government uses to measure vital health indicators, such as the infant mortality rate and immunisation coverage, is unreliable, the Union health secretary said in July. And another major data source, which captures metrics like maternal and child health at government health facilities across the country, is not being used effectively, he said. Speaking at the launch of the Brookings India Health Monitor, secretary of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) CK Mishra said the data produced for certain states by the recently released round of the National FamilyHealth Survey (NFHS-4) — the major source for detailed health statistics in India, conducted under the aegis of the HealthMinistry — doesn’t match with the ground reality, raising questions about its reliability.
This article was originally published on Vox Populi, campus newspaper of IIT Kanpur. Earlier this year, at a Cafe Coffee Day at Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, New Delhi — the fleet street of Indian journalism — I met Aryan (name changed), a friend from college. We sat and talked about our day jobs, the political environment in the country, suggested books to each other and then moved on to the topic we are both fond of: life at IIT.