Government holds back release of complete industrial production data for April

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NEW DELHI: The government has held back the release of complete data of the Index of Industrial Production (IIP) for April, as was done for the same month last year due to the Covid-19 lockdown.
Last year in June, the National Statistical Office (NSO) had held back the release of complete IIP data due to the effect of the nationwide lockdown on factory output.
This year too industrial production was hit due to lockdown restrictions imposed by states to curb the second wave of the pandemic.
According to the partial data released on Friday by the NSO, the IIP (general index) stood at 126.6 points in April this year.
The IIP was at 54 points in April 2020 and 126.5 points in April 2019.
Industrial output had shrunk by 57.3 per cent in April 2020.
As per the partial data, IIP growth works out to be 134 per cent in April 2021 over the same month last year, mainly due to the low base…

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