Urban population up in Bihar
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Last Updated: Friday, July 29, 2011, 21:22
Patna: The urban population in Bihar has increased to 11.30 percent of the estimated total population of 10.38 crore in the state but the sex ratio has dropped to 916 females per 1000 males in the past decade.

Giving the provisional census data for 2011, Joint Director of the Directorate of Census Operations(Bihar) AK Saxena said on Friday the urban population in Bihar was 10.5 per cent of its total population in 2001 and was 11.30 percent in 2011.

There was a corresponding decline in rural population.

In 2011 88.78 percent of the total population was from rural areas, while in 2001 it was 89.50 percent.

The decadal growth of population was 25.07 percent.

The provisional data, earlier released by the directorate, showed a 20 percent rise in the state’s female literacy rate from 33.12 percent in 2001 to 53.33 percent this year.

The sex ratio dropped to 916 females per 1,000 males this year from 919 in 2001, with a sharp fall in the child population (aged 0-6 years) from 942 girl children in 2001 to 933 now.

In Patna, Bihar’s most populous district and an urban area, the sex ratio was most skewed with the girl child ratio at an alarming 899 girls per 1,000 boys from the erstwhile 923 in 2001, Saxena said.

According to the provisional census data 6 out of the state?s 8 urban districts, including Patna, have shown a marked decline in the child sex ratio since 2001.

Bhagalpur and Begusarai districts have recorded precipitous drops - 934 and 911 from their erstwhile figures of 966 and 946 respectively.

Gopalganj topped the sex-ratio list with 1015 females per 1000 males, which is being attributed to high levels migration from the district.

Bihar’s overall literacy rate, however, shot up during the past decade and now stands at 63.82 percent, a 17 per cent jump from the 47 percent in 2001.

According to the data 21 of the 38 districts in Bihar have clocked up a female literacy rate higher than the state average with Maoist-affected Munger district topping the chart with an impressive 65.53 percent.


First Published: Friday, July 29, 2011, 21:22

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