Capital loves `roti' more than `chawal'

NEW DELHI, MARCH 11. While across India people eat more rice than wheat, Delhi loves its wheat more than the rice, according to the Annual Report on Household Consumer Expenditure in Delhi prepared by the Directorate of Economics and Statistics.

Released by the Delhi Finance Minister, A.K. Walia, on Friday, the report reveals that the per capita monthly consumption of rice in urban Delhi was only 1.82 kg compared to 4.72 kg at the national level, whereas the per capita consumption of wheat was 6.68 kg per month as against the national average of 4.51 kg.

The Minister also informed that in urban Delhi, about 37 per cent of monthly per capita expenditure was on food items, of which about 7.6 per cent was spent on cereals and pulses, 10.8 per cent on milk and milk products, 1.88 per cent on edible oils and 1.42 per cent on meat and eggs. Besides, 4.46 per cent of the expenditure went into purchase of vegetables and 2.4 per cent on fruit. In the non-food category, people spent 7.5 per cent on education, 6.8 per cent in fuel and electricity, 2.2 per cent on medical expenses and 6 per cent on rent.

Overall, Dr. Walia said the average per capita monthly consumer expenditure in Delhi was Rs 1,408 and the average monthly household consumer expenditure was Rs 6,303. He said that of the total consumption of rice, wheat and sugar in Delhi, only about 4 per cent of rice, 1.7 per cent of wheat and 8.9 per cent of sugar was purchased from the Public Distribution System while the remaining quantity was purchased from the open market or other sources. However, in the case of kerosene, he said 38 per cent of the total quantity was being purchased from the PDS.

The report also revealed that 2.4 per cent of households in rural Delhi were headed by females while women headed 5.9 per cent of the households in urban Delhi. And while women headed 1.37 lakh of the 24.37 lakh households in the Cpaital, about 48.41 per cent of the 62.88 lakh women were married, while 4.94 per cent were widows and 0.26 per cent were divorced or living separately.

In the Capital, the report revealed, 61 per cent or 19.11 lakh households were self-owned which 32 per cent were hired accommodation. Further, while 21.88 lakh units were independent houses, 6.32 lakh were flats and 2.92 lakh were chawls. Of these units, 90 per cent were "pucca'' structures, while 7 per cent were "semi pucca'' and 3 per cent were "kaccha'' (temporary).