70 percent families in MP defecate in open: Census

According to the Census 2011 data on houses, household amenities and assets of Madhya Pradesh, more than 70% families in the central state defecate in open even as the number of mobile/telephone users has gone up by 920%.

Last Updated: Apr 10, 2012, 15:05 PM IST

Bhopal: According to the Census 2011 data
on houses, household amenities and assets of Madhya Pradesh,
more than 70 per cent families in the central state defecate
in open even as the number of mobile/telephone users has gone
up by 920 per cent in the last decade.

The report was released yesterday by the Director of
Census Operation Sachin Sinha.

The report says 71.2 per cent families in Madhya
Pradesh have no toilet facility at their premises as against
28.2 per cent families who have lavatories at their
residences.

The percentage of families lacking the basic facility
has, however, come down marginally from 76 per cent as was the
case in 2001 enumeration.

As far as bathroom facility is concerned, the report
says that only 25.8 per cent families have enclosed bathrooms
while 21.4 have them without any roof over it.

On drainage front, 30.1 per cent of population use
open drainage, while 60.1 per cent families have no facility
for drainage whereas only 9.8 per cent families have this
facility in their houses.

The issue of enclosed toilets in Madhya Pradesh
recently hogged limelight when a tribal woman, Anita Narre,
virtually risked her marriage by refusing to return to her
husband`s place as it lacks the facility.

The number of mobile/telephone users has gone up by
920 per cent in the last decade with 46 per cent families now
using them for communication.

With an increase of 48.6 per cent in usage in the last
decade, 32.14 per cent families in the state now own
television sets in contrast to 14.5 per cent households that
are using radio sets. The overall use of radio sets has
registered a negative growth rate of minus 4.6 per cent in the
last decade.

Banking seems to have ushered in a change in the state
with 46 per cent families now using the facility, registering
a growth at staggering 128.8 per cent in the last decade.

The data showcases that the number of houses in the
state has gone up by 32 per cent in the last decade. In 2001
census, the total number of houses was 1.40 crore while in
2011 enumeration it stood at 1.85 crore.

Referring to piped water supply, the data says only
23.3 per cent families get water through taps while 47 per
cent families are dependent on hand pumps.

PTI