`In Assam 44% use banks, 54% get water at home`
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Last Updated: Friday, March 30, 2012, 23:24
Guwahati: Only 44.1 per cent households in Assam avail banking services, 54 per cent have access to drinking water within house while firewood and kerosene remain the main source of cooking and lighting respectively for the people of the state, as per the 2011 Census.

According to the data sheet of 'Housing, Household Amenities, Assets Census for India 2011' released today, there has been improvements in many fields in Assam during 2001-11 period but the state still has a lot of ground to cover.

A 'household' is defined in the Census as a group of persons -- related, unrelated or or a mix of both -- who normally live together and take meals from a common kitchen.

The Census, conducted between April 1 to May 15, 2010, covered a population of 3.11 crore in over 26,000 villages and 214 towns of Assam. It covered 63.7 lakh households.

The Census found that 44.1 per cent of households in Assam avail banking services, as against 20.5 per cent as reported in the previous Census.

In rural Assam, 38.3 per cent people avail banking services and figure in urban areas is over 75 per cent.

Over 66 per cent of households resided in homes having walls made of grass, thatch or bamboo. But, 74.2 per cent houses had roofs made of GI, metal or asbestos sheets.

For 37.1 per cent households electricity was the main source of lighting, up from 25 per cent in 2001 Census.

But kerosene remained the major source of light for 61.8 per cent households and 0.8 per cent were using solar power, as per latest figures.

The report said 54.8 per cent of households have drinking water facility available within their premises, up from 37.9 per cent as per the 2001 Census.


First Published: Friday, March 30, 2012, 23:24

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