Bangalore, Jun 27(UNI) The average monthly quantity of cereals and cereal products consumed by working class families has been found to have gone down significantly according to the latest 'Working Class Family Income and Expenditure Survey 1999-2000 General Report' released by the Union government here today.
Speaking to newspersons after releasing the latest survey report today Union Minister of State for Labour and Employment Oscar Fernandes said according to it, the average monthly income per family and the per capita income stood at Rs 6,466 and Rs 1,447.69 as against Rs 810.39 and Rs 182.87 respectively in 1981-82.
He said the Labour Bureau which compiles and releases Consumer Price Index numbers for Industrial workers on a monthly basis would conduct the survey once in ten years and the latest survey report available pertained to 1999-2000.
He said the latest survey had covered workers engaged in seven organised sectors of employment including Registered Factories, Mines, Plantations, Ports and Docks, Public Motor Transport Undertakings, Electricity Generating and Distributing Establishments.
A total number of 41,040 working class families were covered during 1999-2000 survey as against 34,776 in 1981-82 in over 78 centers as against 69 centers during 1981-82. The estimated total number of employees for all the industries and all the centers taken together was about 66 lakh out of which 84.82 per cent were males, 14.99 per cent were females and 0.19 per cent children.
Highlighting the findings of the report Mr Fernandes said the average monthly expenditure per family during 1999-2000 stood at Rs 4950.76 as against Rs 778.41 in 1981-82. The maximum average monthly per family expenditure of Rs 8,940.10 was reported in respect of Haldia centre whereas the minimum average monthly per family expenditure was reported in Labac-Silchar centre.
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