BJP MPs op­pose panel’s draft on GDP

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In what seems like a rift within the rul­ing BJP, sev­eral party law­mak­ers, who are mem­bers of Par­lia­ment’s es­ti­mates com­mit­tee on Satur­day said they will not let the panel’s draft re­port which rec­om­mends re­view of the mech­a­nism to cal­cu­late GDP to be adopted in its cur­rent form.

The draft re­port on ‘ mea­sur­ing growth, em­ploy­ment and in­come’ cre­ated a rift among the Bharatiya Janata Party mem­bers of the panel, as vet­eran party leader Murali Manohar Joshi, who heads the com­mit­tee, is keen for its adop­tion while the other party par­lia­men­tar­i­ans, led by Nishikant Dubey, are against it.

A BJP mem­ber of Par­lia­ment, who is a mem­ber of the panel said, it is ab­so­lutely in­cor­rect for the re­port to ques­tion the gov­ern­ment’s mech­a­nism to cal­cu­late GDP data. It is be­ing done ac­cord­ing to global stan­dards and the cur­rent gov­ern­ment is im­ple­ment­ing the same method­ol­ogy which was used by the pre­vi­ous ones, the MP said.

Ac­cord­ing to sources, Mr Dubey may also give a dis­sent note against the draft re­port and it will be adopted only af­ter amend­ments.

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