The statistics pertaining to income and expenditures of the citizens presented by the National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO) on Thursday has revealed that food accounted for about 57 per cent o

New Delhi About 60 per cent of India's rural population lives on less than Rs 35 a day and nearly as many in cities live on Rs 66 a day, reveals a government survey on income and expenditure.

"In terms of average per capita daily expenditure, it comes out to be about Rs 35 in rural and Rs 66 in urban India. About 60 per cent of the population live with these expenditures or less in rural and urban areas," said Director General of National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO) J Dash in his preface to the report.

The professional divide on Tendulkar’s estimation goes a long way back

A committee is being set up to devise yet another methodology to estimate poverty in India. The step has led to some unhappiness among economists and experts that it amounts to junking the services and competence of an expert like the late Suresh Tendulkar, whose study is sought to be replaced.

Why Montek Singh Ahluwalia is at the receiving end whenever he puts out any figures on poverty reduction

Gangtok: The poverty level in Sikkim has gone down with 80,000 people now living below poverty line, according to the new official estimates for 2009-2010 released by the Planning Commission.

While in 2004-2005, poverty level in Sikkim stood at 30.9 per cent with 1,70,000 people living under BPL, in the wake of the intense poverty alleviation programme initiated by the government, it has been significantly reduced in both urban and rural areas, official sources said.

Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia on Tuesday blamed faulty data provided by NSSO for the low poverty threshold in the country.

Plan panel, though, concedes that inequalities did rise marginally after 2004-05

Faced with criticism from opposition parties and civil society on its poverty estimates, the Planning Commission on Tuesday defended its calculations, albeit pointing to “serious” discrepancy in data on consumption expenditure.

The importance of sustainable development and climate change have been put into sharp focus in the latest Economic Survey 2011-12.

The Economic Survey lays special emphasis on the development of a green economy. An important step in this direction is being taken by the ministry of statistics and programme implementation which is to put a green national accounting system which will list environmental costs of development and reflect the depletion of natural resources in generating national income.

Delhi residents are ahead of the others in terms of earning and spending, says a new government survey.

Instead of subsidising food grains directly, policy should increase people’s purchasing power