WHO via diplomatic channels with data that we don't agree with the methodology followed for us," he added. However, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) Director-General said, "Once we have this systematic data, we do not need to rely on modelling, extrapolations and taking press reports and utilising them for putting into a modelling exercise." AIIMS Hospital, Delhi Director Randeep Guleria also opposed WHO's approach for counting the excess deaths.
Guleria told ANI news agency, "I have objections and I will give three reasons for that. India has a very robust system of birth and death registration which has been going on for decades.
We know it works very well and that data is available". "Secondly-- data that WHO used is more on hearsay evidence-- what's there in media or unconfirmed sources.