Union statistics and programme implementation minister Inderjit Singh on Saturday said the new statistical policy is a work in progress and can’t give a definitive timeline.
"I cannot give any specific time as the government is involved in and we will announce it as soon as we can," Singh said.
Pravin Srivastava, the chief statistician of India-cum-secretary, ministry of statistics and program implementation, said, "We don’t necessarily agree with what former chief economic adviser (CEA) Arvind Subramanian has said."
"Whether anyone’s opinion is pro or against government’s thinking, we will look at it and if we will find something substantial in it, then we will look at that as well,” he said.
Srivastava said the new statistical policy was drafted last year and had put it up for inter-ministerial consultation, "Policy is looking at structures, exchange of data and several other things."