India's Data Sources

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Data.gov.in

This website is a government database of national and sub-national data of India from numerous government ministries and international agencies. The database has data across issue areas available for download in Excel format.

This database was used for the the following series: 

Variable
AgProdCereals
CBR
GDP2005 GDP2011
AgProdPulses
CDR
GDP2005PCPPP GDP2011PCPPP

Planning Commission, Government of India

The Ministry of Planning[1] collects data regarding the national five-year plans of India. All the data available from this website are published in PDF format. This website is becoming out of date, and the Planning Commission is moving their data to other websites, such as NITI Aayog. In the future this data source will not be accessible. 

This data source was used for the following series: 

Variable
Households
LandIrPotential

NITI Aayog

The National Insitution of Transforming India (NITI) Aayog, is a recent incarnation of the Planning Commission of India. The focus of NITI Aayog's work is transforming India's states into "stronger" states and monitoring progress in the Sustainable Development Goals. This resource has state-level data regarding the economy, government finance, demography, health, households, and education. In addition to this data, there are departments within NITI Aayong that produce their own sector-specific data. The most noteworthy is the India Energy[2] initiative which has energy data for states and its own forecasting model[3] that runs through 2047. 

This data source was used for the following series:

Variable
GDPCurDol
GovtDebt%GDP

Census of India

The Census of India[4] is conducted every ten years, the most recent census was in 2011. This data was used to calculate the ratio of population that was attributed to Telangana and Andhra Pradesh for the Population series by using district-level population data from the 2011 census. Each district that was formerly a part of Andhra Pradesh that became a part of Telangana when the state was created in 2014, was summed to get a population estimate. This estimate was then used to find a population ratio of Telangana relative to the former Andhra Pradesh (before bifurcation). This ratio was then applied to the current population series to estimate population for Telangana and Andhra Pradesh accurately. 

Migration was also found in the census, but there is only migration data available from the 2001 census. The 2011 census migration data tables have not been published yet. 

The following series are found in this source: 

Variable
ForecastNetMigrationRateUNPD PopulationCensus

Human Development Reports of India

Human Development Reports are written by the United Nations Development Program and frequently have sub-regional data on education, GNI or GDP, and life expectancy. Some reports have highlighted specific states, rather than the whole country. The data is in PDF format in the appendices of these reports. There has not been a report that has been published on India in recent years and the series from Human Development Reports are dated. 

The following series are from this source: 

Variables
EdPriEnrollNetTotalPcnt
GiniExtended
LandTotal
EDPriPTR
HDI
LifExpectFemale
EnElecConsPerCap
HouseCon%GDP
LifExpectMale
GEM
InfMortMedUNPD

State Finances Report; Reserve Bank of India

The State Finances Reports are produced by the Ministry of Finance Department of Economic Affairs Economic Division [5]. These are annual reports that show the general health of state finances and they are produced annually. The fiscal year in India runs from April through March, and thus each report has annual data with a two years cited on it (eg. 2014-2015). The earlier year is used in all cases in the data import. For instance if the report was 2014-2015, the data was imported with the year 2014. 

The following series came from this data source: 

Variable
GovtPension%GDP
XDebtPPG%GDP
XReserves%GDP
Xdebt
XDebtPri%TotalXDEBT

XDebtPNG%GDP
XPortBonds%GDP

Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India on State Finances

These reports are produced for each state annually and show the state's general financial health as well as a rigorous checking of balances. This organization's goal is to reduce corruption and inform decision makers on the fiscal health of a state. These reports are published for each state every year in PDF format, which makes pulling this data time consuming and difficult. However, the data within these reports are seldom found sub-regionally and are important economic variables. 

The following series come from this source: 

Variable
GovtCalcExpendTot%GDP
GovtEdPub%GDP
TaxGoodSer%CurRev
GovtCurRev%GDP
GovtHl%GDP

National Horticulture Board of India

The National Horticulture Board[6] of India publishes national and subnational data on agricultural production. All the data is in PDFs that is directly from the National Horticulture Board, but there is some of their data available on the Data.gov.in website in Excel format. 

The following series were found at this source:

Variables
AgProdCereals
AgProdPulses LandIrAreaEquipFAO
AgProdFish
LandGrazing


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