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Milk: Delhi’s most purchased product

delhi Updated: Apr 06, 2010 01:46 IST
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Life is costly in the big bad Capital.

An average Delhi family spends more money every month than its counterparts in any other part of the country. But guess what the average Delhi family spends on the most? Milk!

More than rent, fuel, clothes, conveyance and education, Delhiites’ penchant for milk and milk products takes away 10 per cent of the monthly expenses, a government survey has found.

The Delhi government on Monday released these facts in the Level and Pattern of Household Consumer Expenditure in Delhi as part of the 64th round of National Sample Survey Report.

Food

Around 37 per cent of an average Delhi family’s expenditure goes into food. The breakup of the expenditure reveals that 10 per cent of the income is spent on milk and milk products, eight per cent on cereals and pulses, two per cent on edible oils, four per cent on vegetables and two per cent on fruits etc.

“The monthly per capita income has increased, so has expenditure on essential as well as non-essential items,” said Delhi Finance Minister A.K. Walia.

Housing

In fact, Delhi spends more on milk and milk products than on rent, which accounts for just 5.82 of the family spending per month. Even though the rates for renting housing units are touching the sky, a minority—35 per cent of Delhiites—lives in rented accommodation. Over 62 per cent residents have their own houses.

Other expenses

Around 63 per cent of the total expenses being on non-food items, Delhiites have to appropriate money to a variety of avenues generously in order to afford a comfortable life in the Capital. Around nine per cent of the total monthly per capita expenditure goes into fuel while eight per cent is spent on education.

But thankfully, health expenses account for only three per cent of the budget, which means life in Delhi involves relatively less visits to the doctor.