New Delhi: At a time when country’s growth rate has slumped to below 6 percent, the work force in the age group of 15-59 years increased from 57.5 percent in 1993 to 62.5 percent in 2013. The Planning Commission has termed it as conducive to economic growth of the country.

Andhra Pradesh with 66.6 percent of persons in the working age-group of 15-59 years tops the list, while Bihar remains at bottom with 55.8 percent, revealed a survey conducted by Registrar General of India.

Talking to Dainik Jagran, Planning Commission, Member, Abijit Sen termed it as favourable for country’s economic growth. According to Sen, the working age group of 15-59 years will continue to increase in the next two decades.

The Planning Commission Member added that it’s an appropriate time for the country to increase the pace of economic development by employing this work force.

As per the survey, the number of people aged 60 or more increased to 8 percent, while the ratio was 5.3 percent in 1971. Meanwhile, the average of children upto 14 years dependent on their guardians has also decreased from 41.2 percent in 1971 to 29.5 percent in 2013.

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