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With the recent release of some 2015 data sets, we are devoting a special edition of Real Numbers to the interesting numbers of 2015. This expanded newsletter covers data you should know about the Indian economy, infrastructure, schemes, and more from 2015.


124.9 trillion rupees

India’s nominal GDP (at current prices) for 2014-15. The GDP growth rate for 2014-15 (at 2011-12 prices) was 7.2%, an increase from 6.6% in 2013-14 and 5.6% in 2012-13. (Source: CSO)

86,879 rupees

Annual per capita income in India for 2014-15. The growth rate for annual per capita income (at 2011-12 prices) was 5.8% for 2014-15, an increase from 4.9% in 2013-14 and 3.5% in 2012-13. (Source: CSO)

182.5 billion

Number of coins and banknotes in circulation as of March 2015. The number of coins increased by 8% each year since 2013, while the number of banknotes increased by 8% in 2015 and 5% in 2014. (Source: RBI)

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206.3 million

Number of bank accounts opened under Jan Dhan Yojna as of 3 February 2016. The total balance in those accounts is 314 billion rupees. 30.8% of the accounts have a balance of 0 rupees. (Source: Ministry of Finance)

$44.3 billion

Total foreign direct investment in India in 2014-15. FDI grew 22.9% from $36.0 billion in 2013-14. (All figures provisional.) (Source: DIPP)


38,822 MW

Total amount of renewable energy (grid-interactive power) generated as of December 2015. (Renewable energy includes wind power, small hydro, bio power, bagasse cogeneration, waste to power, and solar power.) The majority of renewable energy came from wind power (64.4%) and solar power (12.6%). 45.7% of total solar power capacity was added since April 2014. (Source: Ministry of New & Renewable Energy)


Overall tele-density (number of non-unique telephone connections for every 100 individuals) as of November 2015. Urban tele-density was 152.3 and rural tele-density was 50.0. The total number of telephone subscribers was 1.035 billion. (Source: TRAI)

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1,098 RKMs

Length of Optical Fibre Cable (OFC) laid by the Indian Railways in 2015. In total, the Indian Railways has laid approximately 48,818 route kilometers (RKMs) of OFC. The OFC is meant to facilitate a high-speed communication network. (Source: Ministry of Railways)


Number of seats in the 1,141 new Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) created in 2015. In total, there are 13,105 ITIs with 18.7 lakh seats across 126 trades. (Source: Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship)



Number of new bills introduced in Lok Sabha in 2015. (Source: Ministry of Law & Justice


Number of introduced bills that were enacted into acts. One of these bills became the 100th constitutional amendment. (Source: Ministry of Law & Justice)

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Number of ordinances promulgated by the President in 2015. Under Article 123 of the Constitution, the President can issue ordinances on urgent public matters when the Parliament is in recess. An ordinance must be approved by both houses of Parliament within 6 weeks of their return. (Source: Ministry of Law & Justice)


Number of “obsolete and redundant laws” that were repealed by the Parliament in 2015. Another 295 have been repealed by the Lok Sabha and are currently in the Rajya Sabha. (Source: Ministry of Law & Justice)

Government Schemes


Increase in reported toilets built under Swachh Bharat from 2014-15 to 2015-16. In total, 6,768,954 latrines were reported as built in 2015-16 (as of 2 February 2016). (Source: Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation)

96 million

Number of schoolchildren covered under the Midday Meal Scheme in 2015-16. 2.8 million MTs of food grain were allotted for these students under an estimated budget of 92.36 billion rupees. (Source: Ministry of Human Resource Development)

320 million

Number of ration cards digitized in 2015. Aadhar number was added to 85 million of the digital ration cards. (Source: Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution)

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Number of e-Tourist Visas issued since the scheme was launched on 27 November 2014. The e-Tourist Visas can be issued on arrival to tourists from 113 countries in 16 of India’s airports. (Source: Ministry of Home Affairs


Number of free spectacles given to school children by the Central Government in 2014-15. The government’s target was 900,000 spectacles. (Source: National Health Profile)


210 rupees/kg

Maximum domestic retail price of arhar dal (tur). This price occurred in Puducherry on 19 October 2015. (Source: Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution)

11.4 billion rupees

Sales of khadi in India in 2014-15, which was higher than the last three years. (Source: Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises)

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141.7 LMT

Urea production from April 2015 to October 2015, which was higher than any previous year. Urea forms the base for many fertilizers and chemicals. (Source: Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers

Clarification: In our previous issue of Real Numbers, we stated that anyone over 16 years old can be tried as an adult under the new Juvenile Justice Act 2015. To clarify, as per the act, juveniles over 16 years old can only be tried as adults for heinous offenses. Any 16-18 year old who commits a lesser offense can only be tried as an adult if they are apprehended after the age of 21 years.