Block 13.2 : Particulars of ceremonies performed and meals served by the household during last 365 days prior to the date of surveys : This block is similar to the earlier block i.e. block 13.1 except that the reference period for collection of information is 365 days prior to the date of survey instead of 30 days prior to the date of survey as in bl. 13.1.
Block 13.1 : particulars of ceremonies performed and meals served by the household during the last 30 days prior to the date of survey : Ceremonies are performed to solemnize notable events of life e.g. birth, marriage etc. Members of a household may have to perform some religious rites consequent upon the death a person. For various religious faiths, there are some days in a year which are observed with ceremonial performances like offering of puja, prayer, celebration of rituals etc. Such ceremonies may be performed by household members as required under the social/religious customs without incurring any expenditure for entertaining guests. On the other hand, households may have to spend something under different heads for the purpose of entertainment. Conventionally these expenditures are considered as essential part of the ceremonies performed by them. The purpose of providing this block in this schedule is to estimate the no. of meals served to guests during ceremonies performed by the household in the last 30 days preceding the date of enquiry as also the meals serves to guests and employees (non-members only) on any other occasion (other than ceremonies) and also to estimate the amount of expenditure incurred by the household on these occasions under various broad groups of items e.g. food, clothing & footwear, misc. goods & services, durable goods etc. Hence only those ceremonies on which some amount of expenditure is involved should be listed in this block.
Block 12 : Particulars of dwelling unit : In this block information will be collected on living accommodation, such as ownership, area covered, rent etc., and also on housing amenities such as drinking water, sanitation, etc.
Block 11 : Insurance particulars of the household : In this block information will be collected on insurance policies made by the household at any time in the past and premium paid on their account during the last 365 days preceding the date of survey. It is clarified that only schemes which are primarily meant for insurance will be covered. Hence schemes like LIP, peerless etc. which are primarily saving schemes will not be covered in this block. Again, the 'insurance cover' during journey by Air or Rail provided by the Govt. in which no premium is required to be paid separately, will not be accounted for in this block.
Block 10 : Perception of household regarding sufficiency of food : This block will be filled after completion of the enquiry on all the preceding blocks. The expression in item 1 - "getting two square meals a day" - as used in common parlance, conveys that the concerned person gets, by and large, sufficient food to eat. This question is asked in order to know the perception of the household regarding sufficiency of food.
In this block the detailed demographic particulars including age, sex, educational level, marital status, number of meals usually taken in a day etc. were recorded. Besides this information on consumption of tobacco was also recorded in this block.
Block 3.3 : Particulars of goods and services received as per of wages and salaries or perquisites and gifts given and gifts received by the household . This block has been designed to record the particulars of goods and services received as part of wages and salaries or perquisites and gifts given and gifts received by the household during the last 30 days prior to the date of survey.
Block 3.2 : Other household characteristics : With a view to exploring economic indicators that measure wealth differences, poverty and inequalities among households, the procedure of obtaining information from responses to some important questions involving these indicators put to different households was attempted for the first time in the consumer expenditure schedule during NSS 43rd round and will be continued in the present round. the most important single indicators is control of land, followed by other productive resources capital formation (tractor, ploughs), consumer durables, income (farm and non-farm) and livestock. Non-productive indicators include housing, consumer goods, fuel, ceremonial expenditure and diet. The questions listed in this block are in most cases self-explanatory and their scope and limitations are also apparent. The probable answers to these questions are pre-coded and printed in parentheses along with the relevant questions. The investigators will try to find out, through their investigation, what, of the many possible alternative answers, is the answer offered by the informant and record it in the box spaces provided in the appropriate code relevant to that answer. The questions and answers should, in general. refer to the period of last 30 days (question nos. 7, 8 & 9), last 365 days (question nos. 1, 2 & 3) and last 5 years (question no. 6).
Block 0 : Descriptive identification of sample household:This block is meant for recording the broad identification particulars of the sample household and the name of the sample village/block to which the household belongs.
Block 1 : Identification of sample household : The identification particulars of the sample village/block to which the sample household belongs are to be recorded against items 1 to 11 of this block.
Block 2 : Particulars of field operations : The particulars of field operations, viz. the name of the officials involved, dates of survey inspection, scrutiny etc. will be recorded in this block.
Block 3.1 : Household characteristics : Household characteristics which have a bearing on the data being collected in the subsequent blocks are first collected and recorded in this block. These included information on items like household industry-occupation, household type, social group, land possessed and cultivated, any hired labour etc.