Salient features of Indian economy are given below:
1. Low per Capita Income
India’s per capita income is very less as compare to developed countries. As per the estimates of the Central Statistics Office (CSO), the per capita net national income of the country at current prices for the year 2015-16 is estimated to attain the level of Rs. 93231/-. The per capita net national income at constant prices (2011-12) for the year 2015-16 is estimated to attain the level of Rs. 77, 431/-. As per the CSO’s estimates, the per capital net national income at current prices is
2012-13 ……Rs. 71050/-
2013-14 …… Rs. 79412/
2014-15 …….Rs. 86,879/-
The per capita net national income at constant prices (base year 2011-12)
2012-13……. Rs. 65,664/-
2013-14……. Rs. 68867/-
2014-15. ……Rs. 72889/-
2. Agriculture Based Economy
Agriculture and allied sectors provide around 14.2% of Indian GDP while 53% of total Indian population is based on the agriculture sector.
3. Over population
in every decade Indian population get increased by about 20% . During the 2001-11 population increased by 17.6%. Currently India is adding the total population of Australia every year. India is the possessor of around 17.5% population of the whole world.
4. Income Disparities
a report released by Credit Suisse revealed that the richest 1% Indians owned 53% of the country’s wealth, while the share of the top 10% was 76.30%. To put it differently, in a manner that conveys the political economy of this stunning statistic, 90% of India owns less than a quarter of the country’s wealth.
5. Lack of Capital Formation
Rate of capital formation is low because of lower level of income. Gross domestic capital formation was 23.3% in 1993-94 increased upto the level os 38.1% in 2007-08 but declined upto 34.8% in 2012-13.
6. Backwardness of Infrastructural Development
As per an recent study, 25% of Indian families don’t have reach of electricity and 97 million peoples don’t have reach of safe drinking water and 840 million people in India don’t have sanitation services. India needs 100 million dollar for infrastructural development upto 2025.
7. Market Imperfections
Indian economy doesn’t have good mobility from one place to other which hinders the optimum utilization of resources. These market imperfections create the fluctuations in the price of commodities every year.
8. Economy is Trapped in the Vicious Circle of Poverty
Prof. Ragner Nurkes says that ‘a country is poor because it is poor’. It means poor countries are trapped in the vicious circle of poverty.
9. Use of Outdated Technology
It is very clear that Indian production technique is more labour oriented in nature. So it increases the cost of production of the products made in these countries.
10. Traditional Set Up of Society
Indian societies are trapped in the menace like casteism, communalist, male dominated society, superstitions, lack of entrepreneurship, and ‘chalta hai attitude’ of the peoples. These all factors hindered the growth of the country as a whole.