Economy of Madhya Pradesh
Clockwise from top: Indore and Bhopal - Commercial centers of Madhya Pradesh
1 April – 31 March
GDP11.69 lakh crore (US$150 billion) (2021-22)[1]
GDP rank10th
GDP growth
10.12% (2021-22)[2]
GDP per capita
INR 1,24,685 (2021-22)[3]
GDP per capita rank
GDP by sector
Agriculture 47%
Industry 19%
Services 34% (2020-21)[4]
Labour force by occupation
Agriculture 62%
Industry 5%
Services 33% (2015)[5]
UnemploymentPositive decrease 2.1% (Feb 2022)[6]
Public finances
33.31% of GSDP (2022-23 est.)[4]
−52,511 crore (US$−6.9 billion)
4.56% of GSDP (2022-23 est.)[4]
Revenues1.95 lakh crore (US$26 billion) (2022-23 est.)[4]
Expenses2.48 lakh crore (US$33 billion) (2022-23 est.)[4]
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The economy of Madhya Pradesh refers to the economic growth with respect to the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. It grew 12% in GDP for the year of 2011–12, for which it received an award from then President Pranab Mukherjee in January 2013 for improving its tourism, medical and infrastructural growth. The economy of Madhya Pradesh is significantly agrarian which is reflecting rapid strides towards industrial and service sectors as well. The Indore,Bhopal and Jabalpur districts are the top 3 districts in the state's larger economy.[7]

Macro-economic trend

The following is a table showing the trend of the gross state domestic product of Madhya Pradesh at market prices estimated by Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation with figures in the millions of Indian Rupees.

Year Gross State Domestic Product
1980 77,880[8]
1985 139,050[8]
1990 304,720[8]
1995 478,410
2000 737,150
2005 1,044,850[9]

Since its partition in 2000, the new Madhya Pradesh state produces about 70% of the output of the old Madhya Pradesh state – the rest is produced by Chhattisgarh. The state's debt was estimated at 51 percent of its GDP by 2005.[9]


Woman harvesting wheat, Raisen district
Woman harvesting wheat, Raisen district

This is a chart of the output of major commodities of Madhya Pradesh.

Commodity National Share
Soybeans 90%
Grams 36%
Oilseeds 25%
Pulses 24%
Food grains 8%


Matang was completely developed and manufactured by VFJ.
Matang was completely developed and manufactured by VFJ.

Until 2005, there was only one S&P CNX 500 conglomerate with its corporate office in Madhya Pradesh viz. Ruchi Soya Industries (2005 gross income Rs 49,661 million). Now there are many big industries based in the state. State-run NTPC will invest about Rs 20,000 crore to set up a 3,960-megawatt (Mw) coal-based power project in Madhya Pradesh and has signed a memorandum of understanding with the state government and MP Power Trading Company regarding this[10]

Madhya Pradesh has 6 Ordnance Factories, four of which are located in Jabalpur (Vehicle Factory, Grey Iron Foundry, Gun Carriage Factory, Ordnance Factory Khamaria) and one each in Katni and Itarsi. The factories are run by the Ordnance Factories Board and manufacture a variety of products for the Indian Armed Forces.

Minor forest produce

MFP from the forests, such as Tendu leaves used to roll bidis, sal seed, teak seed, and lak are a major contributor to the rural economy of the state. MFP-PARC (Minor Forest Produce - Processing & Research Centre) is located in the state capital - Bhopal. MFP-PARC is a unit of MP Minor Forest Produce (Trading & Development) Co-operative Federation Limited.[11]"Vindhya Herbals" is the brand of various ayurvedic, herbal & fruit products produced by MP MFP Federation. Apart from MFP-PARC, these products are also produced in Rehti (Sehore district), Barman (Narsinghpur district), Katni, Panna & Dewas in Madhya Pradesh. Some more processing centers are in the pipeline.

Economy of main districts

As per the official data released by the Directorate of Economics and Statistics (Madhya Pradesh) the districts of Indore, Bhopal, Jabalpur, Gwalior, Chhindwara, Ujjain, Sagar and Dewas constitute top 8 leading districts to the larger economy of Madhya Pradesh.[12] In 2016-17, the state of Madhya Pradesh recorded decline in shares of top 3 districts (Indore, Bhopal and Jabalpur) to the state's economy, as the economy of Madhya Pradesh seems to become more balanced with low regional disparities.[13] The following is the estimated Gross District Domestic Product at Current Prices (Nominal GDP) basis, as released by the Directorate of Economics and Statistics (Madhya Pradesh) for the year 2016-17.[12]


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Main article: Economy of Indore

Treasure Island, a shopping mall in Indore.
Treasure Island, a shopping mall in Indore.

Indore is the commercial capital of Madhya Pradesh with a bulk of its trade coming from large, medium, and small scale manufacturing and service industries. These industries range from automobile to pharmaceutical, from software to retail, and from textile trading to real estate. Major industrial areas surrounding the city include the Pithampur Special Economic Zone and the Sanwer Industrial belt. While textile manufacturing and trading are the oldest contributors to the economy, real estate has emerged very fast in past few years. National real estate players including DLF Limited, Omaxe, Sahara, Parsvnath, Ansal API[14][unreliable source?] and Emaar MGF have already launched their residential projects in Indore. These projects are generally on the Indore bypass. This road also houses the projects of many local and regional real estate players like Silver spring, Kalindi, Milan Heights, etc. Major software firms in Indore include Worldpay, Impetus, IBM India[24], and Computer Sciences Corporation. Also, many small and medium-size software development firms are also established. In the software front, a major event occurred in the first half of 2011 when India's biggest software company Tata Consultancy Services decided to open a campus in Indore. The Government of MP has also done the land allotment. Infosys, the country’s second-largest information technology services company, plans to set up a new development centre in Indore at an investment of Rs 100 crore in phase one. Pithampur near Indore houses production plants of various pharmaceutical companies like Ipca Laboratories, Cipla, Lupin, Glenmark, and Unichem. Pithampur Industrial Area is located in Dhar district and therefore its GDP is accounted in Dhar district's economy. The nominal GDP of Indore district was estimated to be around Rs. 43,356 crores in 2016-17.[12]


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Main article: Bhopal

Bhopal, the capital city of Madhya Pradesh is named after Raja Bhoj and is the second-largest city in the state both in terms of population and in terms of area. Initially its economic growth stalled because of the Bhopal Gas Tragedy but has now started growing again.[15] Its economy is mainly based on industries. It is an important industrial center of the state. Electrical goods, cotton, chemicals, and flour milling are the main source of economy. Zardozi and embroidery of Bhopal's old city is also famous. The district is highly urbanised with nearly 80% of the population marked as urban. Now being a metropolitan city, many Software/IT sector companies are setting up offices in the city. Bhopal is also an important tourist place with the following destinations near the city:[16]

The industrial area of the city includes four zones marked by the state government for the promotion of the manufacturing capacity of the city. The largest zone is the Mandideep Industrial Area situated at the national highway connecting Bhopal and Nagpur. Mandideep houses numerous pharmaceutical, manufacturing, automobile, and textiles companies which include HEG Limited, Procter & Gamble, Lupin Limited, Eicher Tractors, Insulators and Electricals Limited, etc. The other industrial zones around Bhopal include Bagroda AKVN, Tamot Plastic Park and Acharpura Textile Park with the close proximity of Bhopal Airport. While the economic and industrial zones within the city boundaries include Govindpura Industrial Area, Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL), and Bhopal IT Park. In 2020, Volvo Eicher opened its new plant in Bhopal,[17] while IT Giant Wipro expressed its intention to open its new Software Development Centre in Bhopal.[18] A land has already been allotted to the Wipro Group for the establishment of the Azim Premji University Bhopal, which will be second of its type in the entire country after Bengaluru.[19] While India's first multi-skills park known as Global Skills Park is situated within the city. The Skills Park is the first of its kind project in India, making Bhopal a highly preferred destination in terms of the generation of a skilled workforce, in consonance with the industry demands.[20] Bhopal has reaped the benefits of its enormous capability in the tourism industry, with numerous lakes, dams, greenery, and historical sites being the center of attraction. The city is a unique blend of cultural heritage sites, natural beauty, and modern infrastructure. The city has been consistently ranked number one in the implementation of the Smart City Project in India.[21] Due to the advantage of its location, Bhopal is considered by the investors to be the topmost investment destination for logistics hubs, along with the booming real estate market of the city. Bhopal is also home to well-known educational institutes in India and has a prominent healthcare infrastructure. The GDP of Mandideep Industrial area is not accounted in Bhopal district, as Mandideep is located in Raisen district. The nominal GDP of Bhopal district was estimated at Rs. 30,467 crores in 2016-17.[12]


Main article: Jabalpur

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The Narmada river bringing in freshwater from the Vindyachal Ranges has developed Jabalpur district into an agrarian economy. The land of the Narmada basin with its fertile alluvial soil gives good yields of sorghum, wheat, rice, and millet in the villages around Jabalpur. Important among commercial crops are pulses, oilseeds, cotton, sugar cane, and medicinal crops. The state is poised for a breakthrough in soybean cultivation. In Kharif crops occupy 60% and Rabi crops 40% area with 71.4% area under food grain production. Nearly 59% of landholders are marginal whereas small farmed share 18% of farmland. Low literacy rates (35.45%), undulating topography, high percentages of wasteland (13.2%), underdeveloped irrigation potential (23%), low groundwater utilization, a large proportion of rain-fed agriculture (75%), the practice of Kharif fallows (3.6%), low cropping intensity (131%), low fertilizer consumption (50 kg/ha), a high proportion of low-value crops, and high numbers of unproductive livestock constrain production in the state.

Jabalpur has a variety of industries largely based in mineral substances of economic value found in the district, although the ready-made garments industry is a substantial portion of production in Jabalpur.

Defence establishments started in the early 20th century. Jabalpur has Vehicle Factory Jabalpur, Grey Iron Foundry, Gun Carriage Factory Jabalpur and Ordnance Factory Khamaria which belong to the Ordnance Factories Board manufacturing various products for the Indian Armed Forces. The Gun Carriage Factory was started in the year 1904 is well equipped and manufacture gun parts, mounting, shells, and a variety of the other product for war purposes. Vehicle Factory Jabalpur (VFJ) was started as a manufacturer of trucks and other defence vehicles. The other two are Grey Iron Foundry (GIF) and Ordnance Factory Khamaria (OFK).

Armed forces make up a large portion of the city and economy in this city. The city has three regimental centres: Grenadiers, Jammu and Kashmir rifles and the Signals regiment. Jabalpur is also the army headquarters of Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, and Orissa. Jabalpur is an important divisional headquarters, having eight districts: Jabalpur, Seoni, Mandla, Chhindwara, Narsimhapur, Katni, Dindori, Balaghat. The Jabalpur District has been reconstituted on May 25, 1998. It now has four tehsils Jabalpur, Sihora, Patan, and Kundam. Jabalpur also has the headquarters of the Madhya Pradesh State Electricity Board, Homeguards, and many other state and central government offices. There are seven blocks in the district with 1449 inhabited villages, 60 uninhabited, 1209 revenue villages, and 4 forest villages. The presence of several industries in Jabalpur bolstered the industrial scenario of the city. However, the industrial growth of the area owes much to the defense establishments and the four ordnance factories.

The presence of the military base and the ordnance factories have improved the infrastructure of the city. This has boosted the industrial development of Jabalpur. The important industries in Jabalpur are:

The nominal GDP of Jabalpur district was estimated at Rs. 29,189 crores in 2016-17.[12]


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Gwalior Fair
Gwalior Fair

Gwalior enjoys being at a very strategic position as being the main junction on New Delhi - Chennai railroad and being on NH-3 and NH-75. Gwalior is surrounded by 3 Industrial areas - Sitholi, Banmore and Malanpur. All these three sectors are on NH 75, National Highway 3 and NH 92 respectively. Malanpur is the biggest. The city earlier had big manufacturing industries such as Gwalior Grasim and J.C. MILLS of Birlanagar but now this sector is left with only one industry – J.B.Mangharam Ltd. But the other three sectors have many industries. The important ones are dairy, chemical, manufacturing, and textiles. Handicraft and small industries are also found such as Gwalior potteries. Gwalior is also an important historical and tourism sector of the country therefore the tourism sector also puts an effect into the city's economy. Gwalior trade fair is an annual trade fair showcasing the economy of Gwalior. The nominal GDP of the Gwalior district was estimated at Rs. 21,122 crores in 2016-17.[12]


Main article: Chhindwara

Chhindwara enjoys the strategic location of situated at between Jabalpur and Nagpur connecting highway. Chhindwara is home to brands like Raymond's & Hindustan Unilever. The city has rich market areas such as Mansarover Complex, Fawwara Chowk, Nagpur Road, Gole Gunj & Gandhi Gunj. Looking the spending capability of the local population all major automobile brands have made their presence in the city. Apart from this Parasia area is known for its coal fields and majority of population in this region is associated with Western Coalfields Limited for their employment. The district's economy is primarily run by the presence of coal mines. Western Coalfields Limited is the major company of Chhindwara approximate ten thousands people work together here. n September 2008 CII inaugurated first of its kind National Center of Excellence for Skill Development catering to the need of skilled workforce for the Indian industry. Companies such as Punj Lloyd, JCB India Ltd. and Toyota Kirloskar Motors (TKM) are imparting training in trades. The nominal GDP of the district was estimated at Rs. 22,532 crores in 2016-17.[12]


Main article: Ujjain

Ujjain is the largest city in Ujjain district of the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. It is the fifth largest city in Madhya Pradesh by population and is the administrative centre of Ujjain district and Ujjain division.[22]

An ancient city situated on the eastern bank of the Kshipra River, Ujjain was the most prominent city on the Malwa plateau of central India for much of its history. It emerged as the political centre of central India around 600 BCE. It was the capital of the ancient Avanti kingdom, one of the sixteen mahajanapadas. It remained an important political, commercial and cultural centre of central India until the early 19th century when the British administrators decided to develop Indore as an alternative to it. Ujjain continues to be an important place of pilgrimage for Shaivites, Vaishnavites and followers of Shakta.[23]

Ujjain has been selected as one of the hundred Indian cities to be developed as a smart city under PM Narendra Modi's flagship Smart Cities Mission.[24] The nominal GDP of the district was estimated at Rs. 22,243 crores in 2016-17.[12]


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Main article: Sagar, Madhya Pradesh

Agriculture forms the backbone of the Sagar economy. Many districts completely rely on the income generated from agriculture taken up in the city. The farmers use the latest technologies pertaining to the sector of agriculture so that a healthy crop is obtained. A strong agriculture economy has led to an improvement in the living standards of people living in the city of Sagar. The chief crops grown here are chickpeas, wheat, oilseeds, and soghum. Sagar is also into poultry farming, animal husbandry, dairy farming, fisheries, forestry, and cattle fairs. With many proposed large and small scale industries, the economy of Sagar is bound to grow at a fast pace. It is also a major hub for useful minerals. The stainless steel complex is also in Sagar. The lakha banjara lake in the centre of the city provides a wonderful panorama. Dr. Hari Singh Gour central university First and one of the oldest universities of Madhya Pradesh established in 1946 is in Sagar. Due to its scenic beauty and proximity to Khajuraho tourism also contributes to strengthening its economy. In Madhya Pradesh, Sagar is the sixteenth largest district in size. These small scale industries mainly manufacture steel utensils, detergent cake, and powder, agricultural equipment, welding electrodes, plastic goods, alum, caustic soda, solvent plant, granitbillie stone, pipes, acrylic sheets, PVC cable, acrylic products, incense sticks, all-purpose flour, etc. Bidi (A traditional Tobacco used in India) making is one of the most traditional and eminent businesses in Sagar and is done almost all over Sagar. The nominal GDP of the district was estimated at Rs. 22,041 crores in 2016-17.[12]


Main article: Dewas

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In recent years, the modern industry has taken off in Dewas in a big way. The growth is the industry sector has given jobs to local factories. At the same time, traditional crafts / Handicrafts as Mojri (Shoes), Synthetic Carpets, leather works (begs, belts, ladies' purses, shoes, coats, briefcases, etc.) remain important in the economy. Agriculture (especially Soybean, wheat, gram) is also the source of the economy. Many high tech industries have been set up for oil extraction from Soyabean. To control the Indian economy, BANK NOTE PRESS, a Central Government Organization for the printing of Indian Currency is also situated here. The nominal GDP of the district was estimated at Rs. 19,146 crores in 2016-17.[12]

Foreign Trade

The major merchandise exports from Madhya Pradesh during the year 2021 were:[25]

HS Code Commodity Value in INR Number of countries

to which state exports the products

30049099 OTHER MEDCNE PUT UP FOR RETAIL SALE N.E.S ₹ 65,59,14,09,913 160
76011010 ALUMINIUM INGOTS-NOT ALLOYED ₹ 29,99,84,40,380 18
52010015 INDIAN COTTON OF STAPLE LENGTH 28.5MM (1.4/32) AND ABOVE ₹ 16,79,97,36,374 11
10063020 BASMATI RICE ₹ 12,48,00,04,289 52
52052410 GREY2401 ₹ 7,81,02,49,377 35
85451100 ELECTRODES OF A KIND USED FOR FURNACES ₹ 7,73,87,30,751 38

In fiscal year 2021-22, MP's merchandise exports hit a record level of over 60k Crore INR (nearly $8 Billion) up from $6.38 Billion in 2018-19 [26]


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