Sunday, April 10, 2011

Sikkim''s decadal population growth 12.36 per cent

Gangtok, Apr 10 (PTI) The decadal population growth in Sikkim from 2001 to 2011 has been 12.36 per cent, a substantial drop from the 33.07 per cent growth recorded in the previous decade 1991-2001.

Against a total population growth in the last 10 years of 66,837 people, children under the age of six make up 61,077 or 10.05 per cent, as per the official release of the Provisional Population Census of 2011 for Sikkim.

The report was released by state HRD minister N K Pradhan here today.

Of the children under six-years age, 31,418 are boys and 29,659 are girls.

Among the districts, East Sikkim recorded the highest population growth between 2001 to 2011 at 14.80 per cent down from 37.32 per cent growth in 1991-2001 and the lowest population growth of 5.67 per cent has been recorded in North Sikkim.

In the last decade of 1991-2001, North Sikkim''s population had grown by 31.34 per cent.

As per the provisional Census 2011 data released Sikkim has posted a total population of 6,07,688 made up of 3,21,661 men and 2,86,027 women.

There are now 889 women against every 1,000 males. This sex ration was 875 to 1,000 in 2001.

Among the districts, West Sikkim has the best sex ratio of 941 ladies for every 1000 men. This was 929 to 1000 ten years ago.

The worst performing in this indicator is North Sikkim which has barely 769 females to 1,000 males. Even this is a slight improvement over the figures for 2001 when it was 750-1,000.

The literacy rate for women in the state is 76.43 per cent while for men it is 87.30 per cent.

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