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6) Recently National Sample Survey Office (NSSO)  has been marred with politicization of data, in the context of the statement discuss how cherry picking of data can affect government policy decisions? Suggest solutions.  (250 words)

Topic:  Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability.

6) Recently National Sample Survey Office (NSSO)  has been marred with politicization of data, in the context of the statement discuss how cherry picking of data can affect government policy decisions? Suggest solutions.  (250 words)

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Why this question:

The article captures a detailed critical analysis of the data issue associated with  National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) and the extent of politicization of the office.

Key demand of the question:

The answer must provide for a critical analysis of the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) and the way data is being cherry picked, in what way it affects Government’s policy decisions.

Directive word:

DiscussThis is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Introduce with role of National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) in providing accurate data .

Body:

Explain in detail the roles and responsibilities of National Sample Survey Office (NSSO), what are the controversies involved. Discuss the recent cases with respect to employment data where the data was politicized affecting the policy decisions in the Job scenario.

Take cues from the article and explain what needs to be done to overcome the issues and concerns associated with the office.

Conclusion:

Conclude with need to give teeth to the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO), so that the data is not manipulated or mismanaged and the office performs its roles and responsibilities duly.