Tribune News Service
New Delhi, January 30
The cost of a non-veg thali was cheapest in the rural areas of Chandigarh (Rs 29.9) during the June-December 2020 period. During this period the cost of a non-veg thali was most expensive in rural Arunachal Pradesh (Rs 48.5).
Another northern state, Haryana, figures lowest in the chart in terms of price of a non-veg meal in urban areas during June-December 2020 period. A non-veg thali costs only Rs 28 in the urban areas of Haryana. Mizoram, where the cost of a thali was worked out to be Rs 52.40, tops the chart for the price of a non-veg meal in urban areas during the period.
During this period, veg thali was costliest in the rural areas of Andaman & Nicobar Islands (Rs 38.7). Veg thali was cheapest in rural areas of Uttar Pradesh (Rs 23.1) in the June-December 2020 period. Once again it was Andaman & Nicobar Islands where veg thali was most expensive (Rs 40.0) among all urban areas during the period. It was cheapest in the urban areas of Madhya Pradesh (Rs 24.0) during the period.
Last year the Economic Survey, which presents an overview of the economy before the Budget, had first introduced the concept of working out the price of an average meal in a chapter titled “Thalinomics: The Economics of a Plate of Food in India”.
The Economic Survey 2020-21, tabled by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in the Lok Sabha on Friday, has continued with the practice. In all the states the prices of a meal – veg and non-veg both – have shown upward trend over the previous year in rural as well as urban areas.
The National Statistical Office (NSO) compiles the “Thali index” for the Economic Survey. State-wise shares of cereals, pulses etc. are decided as per the Consumption Expenditure Survey.
Thali cost represents the cost of a meal cooked in a household. It excludes PDS consumption and is wholly based on the transactional prices of components
According to the Economic Survey, while thali cost increased between June 2020 and November 2020, the cost witnessed a sharp fall in the month of December reflecting the fall in the prices of many essential food commodities.