The Central government is all set to present the budget for the financial year 2020-21 and the developments began with presenting the economic survey in the parliament on Friday.
For the unaware, Economic survey is a detailed report of the country’s economic performance during the past year.
Meanwhile, this year, the government has added a new chapter to the Economic Survey which they call “Thalinomics”. The term coined by the parliament stands for the economics behind a plate of food in India.
With Thalinomics, the government actually figures out how much a one time meal – both vegetarian and non-vegetarian – costs in India. The aim is to find out whether the thali has become more expensive or cheaper in the past years.
As per the survey conducted from April 2006 to October 2019 it was noted that a vegetarian thali comprises a serving of cereals, ‘sabzi and dal’ and a non-vegetarian thali comprises of cereals, sabzi and non-vegetarian components.
As per the survey “both across India and the four regions – north, south, east and west – it is found that the absolute prices of a vegetarian thali have decreased significantly since 2015-16 though the price has increased in 2019,” it said.
As a result, “an average household of five individuals that eats two vegetarian thalis a day gained around Rs 10,887 on average per year while a non-vegetarian household gained Rs 11,787, on average, per year.”
In a nutshell, the survey concluded that the affordability of the vegetarian Thali improved 29% from 2006-07 to 2019-20 while that for non-vegetarian thalis improved by 18%.