Despite being the city with highest per capita income in the country, 17 lakh people in Delhi are still below the poverty line with an income less than Rs 1,134 per month. However, the capital city’s average income is expected to increase to about Rs 3,03,073 per annum in 2016-17 which is a whooping hike of 10.76 per cent to that of Rs 2,73,618 during the last fiscal. This is three times more than rest of India. As per a report by Indian Express, the number comes on the back of 2016-17 Delhi Statistical Handbook that refers to the data from 2011-12 and estimates that as many as 17 lakh people – 9.91 per cent of the total population of Delhi – lives below the poverty line.
The government, on May 15, issued a statement that said, “The Per Capita Income of Delhi has been fast increasing year by year. It is expected to be Rs 3,03,073/- for the year 2016-17 against Rs 2,73,618/- during 2015-16. This reveals annual growth of 10.76 per cent over the previous year as against 10.2 per cent at national level.”
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“Among all States/UTs, Delhi’s rank is 1st, while Goa at second with Rs 270150 /-and Chandigarh stood at third position with Rs 2,42,386/- per capita income during 2015-16,” the statement added further.
Comparing the conjunction with the poverty index of both Goa and Chandigarh, these cities stand better against the national capital. As per the 2014 Planning Commission statistics, nearly 2.35 lakh people are below poverty line in Chandigarh, whereas, in Goa there are merely 35,000 people (5.09 per cent of overall population) below the poverty line.
The Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi Manish Sisodia on May 15 released ‘Estimates of State Domestic Product – 2016-17 of Delhi’ which was brought out by the Directorate of Economics & Statistics, Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi. These estimates have been drafted with 2011-12 as the base year.