Consumption expenditure outstripped price rise in Meghalaya in the nine years to 2013. However, more than one-third of households defecated in the open, while only about a half used electricity for lighting, according to the 2011 Census data. This is the 12th part of a series in which economics research firm Indicus Analytics and Mint map the trend of a fundamental shift in the consumer economy led by the rural population across districts.