New Delhi: The per capita income of the Delhi is more than seven times that of Bihar, Minister of State for Planing Ashwani Kumar told the Rajya Sabha Thursday.
Replying to supplementaries during Question Hour, he said the per capita income of Delhi during 2010-11 was estimated at Rs 1,35,814 as compared to Bihar's Rs 20,069.
During the first four years of the 11th Plan, "Bihar has registered an annual average per capital income growth rate of 18.4 percent as compared to the growth rate of Delhi at 14.6 percent," he said adding the higher growth rate was because of low base effect.
"Uneven economic development is a reality and needs to be addressed," he said.
Kumar said the policies of the UPA government have enabled the country to achieve the highest growth rate which has enabled allocation of resources to sectors like education and health.
"Reduction of inter-state disparities and inequalities between rural and urban areas has always been the priority of development policy and the government is committed to it," he said.
"The strategy has been to generate employment opportunities in rural areas, develop rural infrastructure and provide better access to health, education, drinking water and sanitation," he said, adding that a number of programmes have also been initiated to reduce income disparity between states.
First Published: Thursday, August 4, 2011, 13:51