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Delhiites' per capita income highest in country

delhi Updated: Feb 17, 2012 01:14 IST

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In reflection of growing economic prosperity, the Delhiites' per capita income of Rs 1.16 lakh in 2009-10 is highest in the country.

The monthly per capita expenditure (MPCE) of Delhiites living in urban areas has increased from Rs 2,078 in 2008 to Rs 2,905 in 2010, which is also highest in the country.

"The per capita income of Delhi during 2009-10 was Rs 1,16,886, which is also the highest among all states and Union Territories," said a government press release giving details of a statistical handbook released by chief minister Sheila Dikshit.

The national figure for monthly per capita expenditure (MPCE) in urban areas is Rs 1,984 for 2010, while it was Rs 2,078 in Delhi in 2008, it said.

"The monthly per capita expenditure of Delhiites signifies the prevalence of relatively better levels of living standards in Delhi as compared to other states," Dikshit said.

The MPCE in urban areas of Himachal Pradesh has been estimated at Rs 2654, the second highest, followed by Haryana at Rs 2,321.

According to the figures, the per capita income of Delhiites increased to Rs 1,16,886 in 2009-10 against 1,03,400 in 2008-09

The report is based on findings of a sample survey conducted during July 2009 to June 2010 under National Sample Survey of 66th Round.

According to the report, the MPCE of 51% of the total household in Delhi is Rs 2,501 and above, followed by 46% in the range of Rs 1,001-2,500. MPCE of just 3% people are below Rs 100. In urban areas of Delhi, about 36% of MPCE was spent on food items.

Around 10% of the MPCE was spent on milk and milk products, while 7% of the expenditure was on cereals and pulses followed by 2% on edible oils and 4 per cent on vegetables.

As regards to non-food items, about 8% expenditure was on fuels, 6% on clothing, 9% on education, 2% on medical care and 7% expenditure has been incurred on paying rent.

The national average of MPCE on food items is 39% and on non food items is 61%.

Dikshit said around 90% of the total households are using LPG as their source of cooking, whereas only 4.81% households are dependent on kerosene and 1.62% on firewood.

Around 64% households have their own dwelling units and 31% have rented accommodation, the handbook stated.

According to statistics, 15.31% of total urban households have Internet connections. The average number of household members in urban Delhi is less than 4.5 persons and average number of children per household comes to 1.17.

The distribution of occupation of households showed that 49% people are regular salaried, 40% self employed and 4% in the category of labour

Around 7% of the total households are being headed by female member of the family. Of the total female population of 75.64 lakh, around 50% are married, 6% widows and 0.18% are divorced or separated.

In urban Delhi, the per capital monthly consumption of cereal is 8.23 kg against national figure of 9.39 kg. The per capita monthly consumption of rice is 1.45 kg against national figure of 4.66 kg.

The per capita monthly consumption of wheat has been estimated at 6.76 kg against 4.36 kg national figure.

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