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National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) 66th round – Key Indicators of Household Consumer Expenditure in India, 2009-10

The National Sample Survey Office (NSSO), Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation has released the key indicators of household consumer expenditure in India,  generated from the data collected in its 66th round survey during July 2009 – June 2010. NSS surveys on consumer expenditure are conducted quinquennially starting from 27thround (October 1972 – September 1973) and the last quinquennial survey was conducted in NSS 61st round (July 2004- June 2005) for which, the results have already been released. The NSS 66th round was the eighth quinquennial round on the subject.

The key indicators are based on the Central Sample consisting of 7,524 villages in rural areas and 5,284 urban blocks spread over all States and Union Territories except in (i) interior villages of Nagaland situated beyond five kilometres of a bus route (ii) villages in Andaman and Nicobar Islands which remain inaccessible throughout the year and (iii) Leh, Kargil and Poonch  districts of Jammu and Kashmir.

In the 66th round consumer expenditure survey, the data on household consumption was collected with three reference periods of preceding 7 days, 30 days and 365 days for specified set of items of the consumption basket. Two types of schedules namely Schedule 1.0 Type 1 and Schedule 1.0 Type 2 were canvassed during the survey. The reference periods for different Item Groups divided in three Categories in both the schedules of  the survey are summarized below:

Reference periods used for collection of consumption data in Schedule 1.0 Type 1 and Type 2
Cate-gory Item groups Reference period for
Schedule Type 1 Schedule Type 2
I Clothing, bedding, footwear, education, medical (institutional), durable goods ‘Last 30 days’ and ‘Last 365 days’ Last 365 days
II Edible oil; egg, fish & meat; vegetables, fruits, spices, beverages and processed foods; pan, tobacco & intoxicants Last 30 days Last 7 days
III All other food, fuel and light, miscellaneous goods and services including non-institutional medical; rents and taxes Last 30 days Last 30 days

for more details of NSSO Report Please  see this link

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