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J&K literacy rate soars by 13% in last decade

Last Updated: Thursday, April 7, 2011 - 15:59

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir`s literacy rate has increased by 13 percent in the last decade even as
the state witnessed a dip in the sex ratio and the child sex ratio, the provisional figures of the 2011 Census reveal.

"The literacy rate in Jammu and Kashmir has increased from 55 percent in 2001 Census to 68 percent in the 2011 Census," Director Census Operations Jammu and Kashmir Farooq Ahmad told reporters here.

While female literacy has increased from 20 percent in 1981 Census to 58 percent this year, the male literacy has also nearly doubled from 44 percent to 78 percent during the corresponding three decades, Ahmad said while releasing the data.

Jammu, Samba and Leh district have the highest literacy rates of over 90 percent while Bandipora, Ganderbal, Budgam, Ramban, Kulgam and Reasi have a literacy rate of less than 60 percent.

Remote Kupwara district in north Kashmir has made the biggest strides in improving the literacy rate, moving from 42 percent in 2001 to 68 percent in this year.

Ahmad said, however, the data regarding the sex ratio was a cause of worry as numbers had fallen to the level of 1901.

In 1901, the sex ratio in Jammu and Kashmir was 882 and the latest Census has it marginally higher at 883, a drop of nine compared to 2001 Census. The national average is 940.

Leh district in Ladakh region has a shocking sex ratio of just 583, which is a massive drop of 240 from the 2001 census.


First Published: Thursday, April 7, 2011 - 15:59
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