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India is a Land of Meat Lovers: 7 out of 10 Indians are non-vegetarians, indicates RGI Survey

When compared to the last survey which was conducted in 2004, the number of non-vegetarians in India have dropped

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Different types of meat. Image source: guardianlv.com
  • None of the South Indian states list in the top vegetarian states
  • When compared to the last survey which was conducted in 2004, the number of non-vegetarians in India have dropped
  • Telangana has the highest number of non-vegetarians with 98.8 percent men and 98.6 percent women who eat meat

The world believes that India is a predominantly vegetarian country where culture and religion impose restrictions on meat taking. But the recent survey conducted by the Registrar General of India (RGI) proves otherwise.

The RGI had carried out the nationwide Sample Registration System survey in 2014. The data showed that nearly 7 of every 10 Indians are non-vegetarians. Also, the data indicates that the percentage of non-vegetarians was consistently higher in rural areas.

The data shows that Telangana has the highest number of non-vegetarians with 98.8 percent men and 98.6 percent women who eat meat. The other states with high non-vegetarian population are, Kerala (97%), Andhra Pradesh (98.25%), Odisha (97.35%) and West Bengal (98.55%.)

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With 73.2 percent men and 76.6 percent women being vegetarians, Rajasthan is the state with the highest population of vegetarians. Haryana follows next with 68.5 percent men and 70 percent women and in Punjab, 65.5 percent of the male population and 68 percent of the female population eat vegetarian food.

Division of vegetarian and non-vegetarian population by percentage. Image Source:Indian Express

Something to be noted is that none of the South Indian states list in the top vegetarian states. Karnataka has the highest population of vegetarians across South India with just 21.1 per cent.

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None of the North Eastern states including Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Sikkim have been included in the survey.

When compared to the last survey which was conducted in 2004, the number of non-vegetarians in India have dropped (75% in 2004 to 71% in 2014.)

-prepared by Ajay Krishna, an intern at NewsGram. Twitter: @ajkrish14

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India To Become Global Steel Manufacturing Hub By 2031

The Modi government seems determined to boost the country's crude steel production capacity to 300 MT by 2030-31 in a bid to make India a global steel manufacturing hub

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Modi government seems determined to boost the country's crude steel production capacity. Wikimedia Commons

The Modi government seems determined to boost the country’s crude steel production capacity to 300 MT by 2030-31 in a bid to make India a global steel manufacturing hub.

At present, China is the world’s largest steel producer with a production capacity of 928.3 MT of crude steel (2018), while India, with 106.5 MT of crude steel production, ranks second on the list. Dedicated participation of all stakeholders is a must to achieve the projected capacity target of 300 MT by 2030-31.

To deliberate on major issues plaguing the sector, the Ministry of Steel is organising in Delhi on Monday a day-long conclave, during which Steel Minister Dharmendra Pradhan will seek suggestions from the stakeholders to address its challenges, identify opportunities and arrive at tangible interventions that can aid the growth of the Indian steel industry.

The National Steel Policy 2017 envisages ‘creating a self-sufficient steel industry that is technologically advanced, globally competitive and promotes inclusive growth’.

Being the third largest steel consumer in the world after China and USA, India’s per capita steel consumption at 74 kgs is one-third the global average of 225 kgs.

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Being the third largest steel consumer in the world after China and USA, India’s per capita steel consumption at 74 kgs is one-third the global average of 225 kgs. Wikimedia Commons

Various countries have focused on rapidly increasing their steel consumption in the high growth phase of their economy. At present, India’s majority steel demand comes from construction, infrastructure, automobiles and capital goods, among others.

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Steel intensive construction offers an increased pace of durable and environmentally sustainable construction. Its recyclable nature also contributes to the circular economy.

The government has set a target to make India a $5 trillion economy by 2024-25, therefore promoting domestic steel industry is essential, given its high GDP multiplier and critical role in the construction and infrastructure sectors, said the Ministry. (IANS)