India is one of the fastest growing economies of the world and is poised to continue thisimpressive path, with aspirations to reach the developed economy status by 2047, thecentenary year of India’s independence. India is also committed to ensuring its strong,sustainable, balanced and inclusive growth track equipped to deal with the challengesof climate change, in line with goal of achieving net-zero emissions by 2070. In theprocess, the spatial dimensions remain an integral element in its achievement andthe development process. In this context, the availability of cogent data on variousindicators of the States/regions can be useful for the examination and implementationof various policy options, at the sub-national level. To further analysis and researchon these aspects, since 2016, the Handbook of Statistics on Indian States is beingpublished by the Reserve Bank of India every year to fulfil this objective.

This eighth edition updates the existing data series besides expanding the coverage toincorporate six new State-wise tables, viz., (i) Population Estimates – Multi-dimensional PovertyIndex (under Social and Demographic section); (ii) Natural Population Growth Rate (underSocial and Demographic section); (iii) Public Expenditure on Health (under Health section);(iv) Expenditure on Relief on Natural Calamities (under Environment section); (v) SustainableDevelopment Goals (SDGs) Score (under Environment section); and (vi) Roads Constructedunder Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (under Infrastructure section).

This publication has been prepared under the supervision and overall guidance of Dr. DebaPrasad Rath, Principal Adviser, Department of Economic and Policy Research (DEPR). It isthe result of combined effortsthe Regional Economy Monitoring Division (REMD) teamcomprising Amarendra Acharya, Shivam, Ramesh Golait, Pratibha Kedia, Akash Kovuri,and officers from DEPR Regional Offices, Rajmal, Raj Rajesh, B.S. Choudhary, ShromonaGanguly, Alice Sebastian, Kirti Gupta, T.P. Meitei, Upasana Sharma, Rasmi Ranjan Behera,Prabal Bilantu, Sudhanshu Goyal, Pallavi, Priyanka Bajaj, Barkha Gupta, MadhuchhandaSahoo and Sarita Sharma.

The Handbook is available on the RBI’s website ( Feedback/commentssolicited to help improve the contents of the Handbook and responses can be sent at

Muneesh Kapur

Executive DirectoraNovember 15, 2023