Key indicators of household consumer expenditure in India, 2009-10

The National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) has released the key indicators of household consumer expenditure in India,  generated from the data collected in its 66th round survey during July 2009 - June 2010. The NSS consumer expenditure survey aims at generating estimates of household monthly per capita expenditure (MPCE) and its distribution separately for the rural and urban sectors of the country, for States and Union Territories, and for different socio-economic groups. These indicators are amongst the most important measures of the level of living of the respective domains of the population and are crucial input for estimation of prevalence of poverty by the Planning Commission. The detailed results of quinquennial survey on consumer expenditure are usually brought out by the NSSO through a number of reports. In order to make available the salient results of the survey, well in advance of the release of its reports, for use in planning, policy formulation, decision support and as input for further statistical exercises, the NSSO has released the key indicators.