Despite the tall claims of the previous Congress government of taking Haryana to the top position in per capita income, only second to Goa in the country, about 59% households in rural areas of the state are surviving on less than Rs 5,000 per month.
As per the figures released in the Socio-Economic and Caste Census-2011, the monthly income of about 17.50 lakh households in the state was below Rs 5,000, whereas income of 25% families was in the bracket of Ra 5,000-10,000 a month.
Also, the figures show that the state has only 16 per cent households with a monthly income of over Rs 10,000. In this category, the state's rural population is lagging behind their counterparts in the neighbouring states.
As many as 17.50 per cent, 24.36 per cent and 18.03 per cent families in Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir earn more than Rs 10,000, respectively.
Haryana also needs to do more while dealing with its poor literacy rate in rural areas as more than 34 per cent population of the state is still illiterate and the school dropout rate is high.
For instance, 12 per cent people in the rural belt have studied up to primary while only 13 per cent have studied up to the middle-class level. Interestingly, the number of graduates in the state is around 4 per cent in villages.
Having a skewed sex ratio, Haryana also lags behind in women-headed households as only 11.73 per cent households are headed by women, against the national average of 12.83 per cent.
Also, more than 10 per cent households in the state do not have pucca houses.