Between 2012 and 2016, the improvement in India’s statistical capacity indicator--which measures a nation’s ability to collect, analyse and disseminate high-quality data about its population and economy--was second among eight nations in South Asia at 7.3% after Bangladesh (13.4%), according to World Bank data.

In 2016, India was ranked second with an indicator score of 81.1--after Sri Lanka’s 83.3--in South Asia comprising Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

Source: World Bank

In the five years to 2016, India was ranked third by improvement among the BRICS nations comprising Brazil, Russia, India China and South Africa after China (19%) and South Africa (14%).

In 2016, India was placed third, by indicator score, among BRICS countries after China (83.3) and South Africa (82.2).

The World Bank’s statistical capacity indicator assesses the capacity of a country’s statistical system on 25 criteria by methodology, data sources, periodicity and timeliness on a scale of 0-100 with a higher score reflecting a more robust statistical system.

(Vivek is an analyst with IndiaSpend.)

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