2011 India Census Springs Surprises

New Delhi



Thursday, March 15, 2012

The Registrar General and Census Commissioner has just released the 2011 India Census, and it full of surprising facts like more Indians have more mobile phones than the number of people who have a home toilet.

2011 India Census Major Points

  • 46.9% of the 246.6 million households have lavatories.
  • 49.8% defecate in the open.
  • 3.2% use public toilets.
  • 63.2% of homes have a telephone.
  • 53.2% – have a mobile phone,
  • 47.2% of households have a television.
  • 19.9% have a radio.
  • 3.1% have a home Internet connection and computer.

But there is concern raised by the Census Office – quote – “Open defecation continues to be a big concern for the country as almost half of the population do it,” –more – “Cultural and traditional reasons and a lack of education are the prime reasons for this unhygienic practice. We have to do a lot in these fronts.”

Not sure where to start assessing these stats but it seems to be an upside down world when folks opt for a mobile phone before they have the comfort of a home toilet. Some people may say cost is one of the factors but I do not buy that as mobile phones are quite expensive. But then again Asian values are unique to Asia and enough said each to their own. Let’s practice what we believe in live and let live

Census of India

The Registrar General & Census Commissioner, India, New Delhi-110011


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