Household Consumption Expenditure Survey

Context:  The Maharashtra government has published the State level findings from the National Statistical Office’s 2017-­18 Household Consumption Expenditure Survey (HCES).
  • The report based on Central sample data is not published by NSO.
About Household Consumer Expenditure Survey (CES):
  • It is a Survey intended to collect information on the consumer spending patterns of households across the country, both urban and rural.
  • Frequency of survey: quinquennial (every five years)
  • Conducted by: National Sample Survey Office (NSSO)
  • Utility of the Survey: 
    • The data is used for studies on levels of living in India and for the measurement of absolute poverty, including studies on disparities across States and regions, sectors, socio-economic classes etc.
    • It helps to arrive at the estimates of household Monthly Per Capita Consumer Expenditure (MPCE) as well as the distribution of households and persons over the MPCE classes.
    • It will be used for rebasing the Gross Domestic Product and other macroeconomic indicators such as retail inflation based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI).
  • The last survey was conducted in 2017-18, however the government withheld the results citing quality issues.
  • The ongoing 2022-23 survey is expected to conclude by the end of July this year.
News Source: The Hindu 

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