Indians prosper: Per capita income at Rs. 46,492

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New Delhi: Per capita income of Indians grew by 14.5 percent to Rs. 46,492 in 2009-10 from Rs. 40,605 in the year-ago period, as per the revised data released by the government on January 31.

The new per capita income figure estimates on current market prices is over Rs. 2,000 more than the previous estimate of Rs. 44,345 calculated by the Central Statistical Organization (CSO).

Per capita income means earnings of each Indian if the national income is evenly divided among the country’s population at 117 crore.

However, the increase in per capita income was only about 6 percent in 2009-10 if it is calculated on the prices of 2004-05,  which is a better way of comparison and broadly factors of inflation.

Per capita income (at 2004-05 prices) stood at Rs. 33,731 in FY10 against Rs. 31,801 in the previous year, the latest data on national income said.

The size of the economy at current prices rose to Rs. 6,133,230 crore in the last fiscal, up 16.1 percent over Rs. 52,82,086 crore in FY’09.

Based on 2004-05 prices, the Indian economy expanded by 8 percent during the fiscal ended March 2010. This is higher than 6.8 percent growth in fiscal 2008-09.

The country’s population increased to 117 crore at the end of March 2010, from 115.4 crore in fiscal 2008-09.

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