Tourist hotspot Goa recorded the highest per capita income among all States and Union Territories during 2009-10, while Bihar bagged the last spot, the Parliament was informed on Wednesday.

In a written reply to the Lok Sabha, Minister of State for Planning and Parliamentary Affairs Ashwini Kumar said that Goa topped the list with an annual per capita income (PCI) of Rs. 1,32,719 in the last fiscal.

It was followed by the Union Territory of Chandigarh at Rs. 1,20,912 and Delhi at Rs. 1,16,886.

In contrast, Bihar recorded the lowest PCI of Rs. 16,119 in the same period.

States such as Uttar Pradesh registered PCI of Rs. 23,132, Assam (Rs. 27,197) and Madhya Pradesh (Rs. 27,250).

Among other major States, Maharashtra recorded a PCI of Rs. 74,027, Tamil Nadu of Rs. 62,499 and Gujarat of Rs. 63,961.

The PCI data is based on the Advance Estimates of National Income released last month by the Central Statistical Office (CSO) of the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation.

Meanwhile, national PCI, often used to measure a country’s standard of living, increased by 14.5 per cent during 2009-10 to Rs. 46,492.

“The per capita income at factor cost during 2008-09 and 2009-10 are estimated as Rs. 40,605 and Rs. 46,492, respectively, at current prices,” Statistics and Programme Implementation Minister M.S. Gill said yesterday.

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