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Growth StoryG rowth is never an end in itself. It is a means to an end, especially because by growth one typically means growth in gross State domestic product (GSDP). In the context of a country, GSDP is akin to GDP (gross domestic product), the total value of goods and services produced in a country over a fixed time period,typically one year. GDP isn’t the same as GNI (gross national income), since GNI also includesnet factor income from abroad. The principle is no different for a State and GSDP is notnecessarily the same as gross state income (GSI). The difference can be important for a Statewhere migration and remittances are major variables. However, having accepted the point, oneis stuck, since no credible estimates exist for GSI. One only has figures on GSDP and mustaccept it as a surrogate indicator. GSDP figures are compiled by Directorates of Economics andStatistics of different State governments. They are then “vetted” by Central StatisticalOrganization (CSO) and finalized. GSDP figures can be in current prices, or in constant prices.If we do not wish to get carried away by inflation, we should focus on constant price numbers.In the present case, this means that everything is expressed in 2004-05 prices.