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leading in per capita income, but ordinary people get nothing; Thomas Isaac with Kerala-Gujarat comparison

Thiruvananthapuram: Former Finance Minister Dr. T.M. Thomas Isaac

According to the latest statistics of RBI, per capita income of Gujarat is higher than Kerala and Kerala is with Gujarat in terms of economic growth, he said in a post shared on Facebook.

But the core issue is what the common man gets out of this income. The biggest factor is the wage rate. A construction worker in Kerala earns Rs 838 while in Gujarat the wage is Rs 296. Agricultural laborers get Rs 727 as wages in Kerala and Rs 220 in Gujarat. Thomas Isaac noted that non-agricultural workers get Rs 681 in Kerala, while in Gujarat it is Rs 253.

After income, the quality of life of the people is affected by the services and assistance received from the government. Kerala ranks first in each of them. He clarified that this is the difference between the Kerala development model and the Gujarat model.

Gujarat is far ahead in industrialization. Unemployment is less than Kerala. Thomas Isaac added that the Navakerala project is trying to overcome both of these.

Meanwhile, according to RBI’s latest statistics, Kerala is leading in terms of daily wages of workers in FY2022.

The average daily wage of construction workers in Kerala is more than three times that of the lowest-paid states of Tripurai and Madhya Pradesh.

The daily wage is Rs 250 in Tripura, Rs 267 in Madhya Pradesh, Rs 296 in Gujarat and Rs 362 in Maharashtra. Compared to this, a construction worker in Kerala earned an average of Rs 837.3 per day as daily wages, Central Bank data shows.

Jammu and Kashmir has the highest daily wages after Kerala. The average daily income in Jammu and Kashmir is Rs 519. Tamil Nadu is another state with high daily wages. The daily wage here is up to Rs.478. In Himachal Pradesh, workers will get Rs 462, Haryana Rs 420 and Andhra Pradesh Rs 409.

Thomas Isaac’s full Facebook post:

Kerala and Gujarat are the same issue. The Reserve Bank of India has published its Handbook of State Statistics 2021-22. According to it, Kerala’s per capita income in 2020-21 is Rs 2,05,067. Gujarat’s is slightly higher than Kerala’s. 2,12,821 Rs.

In 2021-22, Kerala’s per capita income rose by 12.5 percent to Rs 2,30,601. Gujarat has not been calculated. As this growth rate of Kerala is higher than the national average, per capita income of Kerala and Gujarat can be said to be almost equal. Kerala is with Gujarat in terms of economic growth.

The core issue is what ordinary people get out of this income. The biggest factor influencing this is the wage rate. A construction worker in Kerala earns Rs 838 while in Gujarat the wage is Rs 296. Agricultural laborers get Rs 727 as wages in Kerala and Rs 220 in Gujarat. A non-agricultural worker earns Rs 681 in Kerala and Rs 253 in Gujarat.

In Kerala, the common man gets a higher share of the income generated in the country. In 2021-22, the retail price increase in Gujarat is 4.9 percent, while that in Kerala is only 4 percent.

After income, the quality of life of the people is affected by the services and assistance received from the government. The sum of these and other factors can be found in various development and welfare indices. Check Gujarat’s rank among 30 states/UTs.

Women who have attended school (ranked 19th), women who marry before 18 (ranked 20th), infant mortality (ranked 19th), children with stunted growth (ranked 26th), children underweight for height (ranked 29th), children underweight for age (ranked 29th) 29th rank), sanitation facilities (18th rank), human development index (16th rank), school enrollment (21st rank), school dropout rate (24th rank), higher secondary enrollment (24th rank)
This is how the rank of Gujarat goes.

Kerala ranks first in each of these. All the figures no one should doubt are NITI Aayog’s. This is the difference between Kerala development model and Gujarat model.

But Gujarat has an edge. Far ahead of us in industrialization. Unemployment is lower than ours. The Navakerala project is trying to overcome both of these.

Content Highlight: TM Thomas Isaac Comparison of Kerala and Gujarat on the basis of new statistics on Indian states released by the RBI

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