A professional for the job: G P Samanta, India's new chief statistician

Respected economist takes up job as critics keep up their doubts about official data

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Samanta's latest research paper is called 'Monetary Policy Transparency and Anchoring of Inflation Expectations in India'.

Indivjal Dhasmana New Delhi
G P Samanta, a researcher, will be India’s chief statistician at a time when doubts about state-provided data remain.

A professional statistician is taking the post after almost two-and-a-half years, breaking the trend of civil servants heading the job.

Samanta is 55 years old and he holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Mumbai and Master of Statistics from Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata. He will replace 1986-batch IAS officer Kshatrapati Shivaji. Shivaji holds additional charge as chief statistician, besides being secretary in the ministry of personnel, public grievances and pensions.

First Published: Mar 11 2021 | 6:14 PM IST

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