TAMIL NADU

Wayanad tops in State per capita income

KOLLAM, DEC. 22. Among the 14 districts in the State, Wayanad tops the list in the per capita income which stands at Rs. 34,123 during the year 1999-2000 as per a document prepared by the State Planning Board.

During the period, Wayanad also registered the highest growth rate in per capita income which is 106 per cent as per the same document. The per capita income of Wayanad district in 1998-1999 was Rs. 16, 555.

On the other hand, Ernakulam district with a per capita income of Rs. 23, 020 in the second place, shows a growth rate of just 9.44 per cent during the same period placing itself in the 10th position of that category. But Alappuzha with the second highest per capita income growth rate of 35.81 per cent is placed in the third position of the per capita income category with Rs. 21,916.

Kottayam with a per capita income growth rate of 20.14 per cent is placed fifth in that category. It gets the fourth position in the per capita income category with Rs. 21,897.

Thrissur has the fifth largest per capita income standing at Rs. 21,362 but its growth rate with 22 per cent occupies the forth position. Though Palakkad is placed in the third position of the growth rate at 25.95 per cent, it ranks 10th in the per capita income list with Rs. 18, 031.

Idukki having a per capita income of Rs. 21, 297 is in the sixth position but the growth rate there is in the seventh rank at 13.11 per cent.

Thiruvananthapuram with a per capita income of Rs. 20, 484 is in the seventh position but in the sixth rank of the growth rate with 18.68 per cent. Kollam with a per capita income of Rs. 18, 426 occupies the eighth position but in growth rate ranks eleventh at 7.45 per cent.

Kozhikode occupies the ninth rank in per capita income at Rs.18, 105 but is placed in the twelfth position of the growth rate which stands at 6.56 per cent. Palakkad with a growth rate of 25.95 per cent placing itself in the third position of that category however occupies the tenth rank in the per capita income category with Rs. 18,031.

Pathanamthitta, which incidentally has the highest figure of those employed in the Gulf, occupies only the eleventh position in the per capita income category with Rs. 17, 980 and in the growth rate position the district is placed in the ninth rank at 11.05 per cent.

Kannur in the 12th position of per capita income at Rs. 17,260 has registered a growth rate of only 1.26 per cent placing itself in the 13th position of that category and Kasaragod district with a negative growth rate of -11.83 per cent which is the lowest in the State registers the 13th position in the per capita income position at Rs. 16,121.

Malappuram district has the lowest per capita income standing at Rs. 13,782. But the growth rate there 13.11 per cent occupies the eighth position in that category. It would be interesting to note here that Malappuram is a proximate neighbour of Wayanad district which has the highest per capita income.