On 31 July, we released the estimates for September and December
2014. These estimates have been released after a long gap. The
June 2014 estimates were released in January 2015.
The delay in releasing estimates of recent quarters was caused by
a substantial re-organizing of the sample used in making these
estimates. The re-organization of the sample was in response to
the 2011 Census data that have become available.
The existing sample of Consumer Pyramids was re-balanced to
reflect the exceptional growth in small towns and, to incorporate
changes within towns and villages to reflect the composition of
households by type of material used in walls and roofs.
The process of re-balancing the sample was undertaken even as the
survey was being executed during 2014. The new sample size is frozen
at 158,338 households from the survey that began in April 2015.
With the re-balancing of the sample completed, we are now in
a position to generate the quarterly estimates within five months of
the end of the quarter. It takes four months to complete a survey Round
and then it takes less than a month to release the results. As a result,
estimates for the quarter ended March 2015 would be released by the end
of August 2015. By the end of August 2015, annual estimates for the year
ended March 2015 would also be released.
We appreciate the patience of all our subscribers in bearing with
this delay and in waiting for these new results.