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Earning ₹ 25,000 Per Month? You Are In India's Top 10%: ReportHighlighting a vast income distribution disparity in the country, the latest Inequality


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Highlighting a vast income distribution disparity in the country, the latest State of Inequality in India Report by the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister shows a bleak picture, with gaps that need to be addressed so that the goals of social progress and shared prosperity are realised.

While India has made remarkable strides in improving the overall condition of households, with access to necessities and adequate water supply and sanitation, that report showed the measures for income parity, poverty, and employment needs to be improved significantly.

The top one per cent of the country accounts for 5 to 7 per cent of the national income, the report says, while around 15 per cent of the working population earns less than ₹ 5,000 (about $64) a month.

Those earning an average of ₹ 25,000 per month fall into the top 10 per cent of the total wages earned bracket, which accounts for about 30-35 per cent of the total income.

In a more shocking revelation on the inequality in India, the income of the top 1 per cent shows a growing trend while that of the bottom 10 per cent is shrinking.

According to the National Family and Health Survey (NFHS) 2015-16 data, there is a huge gap in household wealth between rural and urban spaces.

Notably, more than 50 per cent of the households fall in the bottom proportion of wealth concentration (about 54.9 per cent).

That paints a gloomy inequality picture for India, with that disparity worse in rural areas, where a bigger proportion of the population resides than in urban places.


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