- 2 National Statistical Commission members quit, term was to end in 2020
- Two members of NSC had disagreements with the central government
- NSC now has only two members, chief statistician and Niti Ayog CEO
Two independent members of the National Statistical Commission, PC Mohanan and JV Meenakshi, have resigned over disagreement with the government on certain issues, an official said Tuesday.
Mr Mohanan was also the acting chairperson.
With the two members quitting, the NSC now has only two members -- Chief Statistician Pravin Srivastava and NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant.
"The two members have resigned from the National Statistical Commission and tendered their resignation on January 28, 2019," an official said.
The NSC, under the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI), is to have seven members, as per its website. Already, three posts were vacant.
The tenure of Mr Mohanan and Ms Meenakshi was to end in June 2020. They joined as members in June 2017.
Reportedly, these two members are said to have resigned over disagreement with the government on some issues, the official said.
In November last year, the NITI Aayog had come under fire for announcing the revised GDP data of the UPA years.
NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman Rajiv Kumar and Chief Statistician Srivastava had announced the back-series data by the government.