Look at data in Tables 1.3 and 1.4. Is Punjab ahead of Bihar in literacy rate etc. as it is in terms of per capita income?

Table 1.3: Per Capita Income of Select States

State | Per Capita Income for 2002-03 (in Rs) |

Maharashtra Kerala Bihar | 1,04,000 88,500 27,200 |

Table 1.4: Some Comparative Data on Maharashtra, Kerala and Bihar

State | Infant Mortality Rate Per 1,000 live births (2012) | Literacy Rate % | Net Attendance Ratio (per 100 persons) secondary stage (age 14 and 15 years) 2009-10 |

2011 | |||

Maharashtra | 25 | 82 | 64 |

Kerala | 12 | 94 | 78 |

Bihar | 43 | 62 | 35 |

Explanation of some of the terms used in this table.

Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) indicates the number of children that die before the age of one year as a proportion of 1000 live children born in that particular year.

Literacy Rate measures the proportion of literate population in the 7 and above age group.

Net Attendance Ratio is the total number of children of age group 6-10 attending school as a percentage of total number of children in the same age group.

We can notice that Infant mortality rate is 25, 12, and 43 in different states named Maharashtra, Kerala, and Bihar respectively. Literacy rate is 82, 94 and 62 in the same states and if we talk about net attendance ratio then it is 64, 78, and 35 respectively. So, it can be said that Maharashtra is at the second number in literacy rate. Kerala is at the top in literacy rate and Bihar is very far from these two states if we compare the literacy rate.

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