Kohima: Nagaland has recorded a negative
decadal growth of population with the new Census data showing the state`s population at 19,80,602 against the 2001 figure of 19,88,636.
While all the North Eastern states recorded the
decadal population growth more or less around the national
average of 17.64 per cent, Nagaland recorded the same at minus
0.40 per cent.
Nagaland had recorded the country?s highest decadal
population growth of 64.41 per cent in 2001 and 56.08 in 1991
However, the state government had rejected the state`s
2001 Census figures describing them as exaggeration and for
the past one year have made appeals to the people,
particularly the village authorities to give correct data
during the Census operation 2011.
State census director Hekali Zhimomi said all efforts were made throughout the year to have a correct Census figure of Nagaland and community leaders were persuaded and mobilised at various levels to carry out a meaningful Census operation this time.
Rejecting the 2001 Census, the state government on
various occasions found that most of the villages recorded
exaggerated population figures believing that they would get
more financial allocations from the government for various
rural development schemes.
This prevailing perception prompted Chief Minister
Neiphiu Rio to make repeated appeals to the people to give
correct data to the enumerators and how it helps grass root
He had also explained to village authorities like
village councils and village development boards that
exaggerated figures would not ensue more flow of funds.
Neighbouring Assam which registers 2011 population at
around 3.12 crore, records the decadal growth at 16.83 per
cent against 18.85 per cent in 2001, despite popular
perception of influx of migrants from Bangladesh.
The total provisional population of seven NE states
and Sikkim has been registered at 4.56 crore as on March 31,