Delhi getting richer faster than the country, says survey

June 19th, 2009 - 10:32 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, June 19 (IANS) Delhiites grew richer with per capita income growing at a faster pace compared to other states, while it increased its literate population to 82 percent, as per the state government’s economic survey.
Delhi’s per capita income more than doubled the national average to stand at Rs.60,189, an increase of 5.6 percent over the previous corresponding period, according to the Economic Survey of Delhi (2008-09) presented by Delhi’s Finance Minister A.K. Walia in the legislative assembly here.

The gross state domestic product (GSDP) rose 12.5 percent to Rs.109,201 crore against an all India average of nine percent.

Though the national capital increased its literacy rate to 82 percent, it added only about 97,000 students to its schools during the period under review.

The national literacy average stood at 65 percent.

Against a planned outlay of Rs.9,000 crore, the state spent Rs.8,747.53 crore in 2007-08. The outlay was increased to Rs.10,000 crore in the next fiscal, of which only about Rs.9,624.98 crore was spent.

Delhi figured among the biggest spenders on health.

“Delhi’s per capita expenditure on health is Rs.685 against all India figure of Rs.260 per annum,” the survey said.

The number of people below poverty line in Delhi nearly doubled to 22.93 lakh in 2004-05 from 11.49 lakh in 1999-2000.

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