New Delhi: Having committed a blunder while calculating this fiscal's first quarter gross domestic product (GDP) from the demand side, the Central Statistics Office (CSO) today said it has commenced a corrective mechanism that would start reflecting in the growth figures from the second quarter, reports PTI.
"The process of rectification began immediately...it has already begun...the immediate correction was already there. So far what else I can do to improve the quality of the expenditure side figures, I have already started," chief statistician TCA Anant told PTI.
Mr Anant said he will take more corrective measures, once an internal department report gives it suggestions.
"I will build in the corrections of whatever incremental changes have been suggested internally immediately, as they come in… Some of them will become operational from next quarter release," he said.
Announcing the economic growth figures for April-June, FY'11 on August 31, CSO wrongly calculated GDP from demand side (market prices) at 3.65%. The next day, it was corrected to 10%.
Mr Anant said, "Whether there is anything more to be done in the expenditure side... Once I have a (internal) report I will decide."
Mr Anant, who is secretary with the ministry of statistics and programme implementation (MOSPI), said the same degree of robustness is still not there in calculating national income figures from the demand side, as there is on the production side.
"It is also the case that these set of numbers have not yet achieved the same degree of robustness as the production side estimates, the factor cost side," he said.
The CSO had correctly calculated the economic growth figures from production side, known as factor cost, at 8.8% for the first quarter.
Mr Anant said, "Initially we released factor cost, the market price estimates and the expenditure side have started to come out only in the last 2-3 years.
"This (wrong calculation) has happened because of some gaps in that process.... I am trying to understand what are the assumptions being used in this side of the process and whether better error correction protocol can be put in place to avoid this."
He said some errors crept in, which was not picked up partly because the persons concerned were not calculating the figures.
"Clearly there were errors in the system which avoided this getting picked up," Mr Anant added.