By: Naresh Chettri
Sikkim has recorded the decadal population growth of 12.36% in 2010-2011, as oppose to 33.07% which was recorded in the Census 2001 [1991-2001] which has in a way marked an era of controlled population growth.
It was revealed during the official release of the Provisional Population Totals Paper 1 of Census 2011 for Sikkim, which was released by the HRDD Minister, NK Pradhan, here today.
The census 2011 has recorded the total population of 6, 07,688 including 3, 21,661 males and 2, 86,027 females, which shows decadal population growth in 2001-2011 was 66,837 persons [1236%] including 33,177 males [11.50%] and 33,660 females [13.34%].
It was also recorded that in percentage to the total population 10.05% fall in age group of 0-6 years, which includes 9.77% male and 10.37 female.
It has also recorded that the sex ratio [number of females per 1000 males] of the state increased to 889 in 2011, which was 875 in 2001 which is another great positive outcome.
The best part of the findings was that the state has recorded the literacy rate increased to marvelous 82.20% [87.29% males and 76.43% females], which was 68.81% revealed in the Census 2001. It was also found that in literacy rate, east district stood on the top with 84.67% followed by south district [82.07%], west district [78.69%] and north district [77.39%]. It was further informed that the literacy rate in the state is among the highest in the country and especially the rate of female literates in the state is a big achievement in state.
Addressing the function, the Minister Mr. Pradhan said that the figures, the PPT has been showing is a positive sign and growth in the literacy rate is a greater achievement and said everything boils down to “Education”, saying, “if the people are well educated they will understand the pro’s and cons of everything”, and chief ministers vision of making the state cent percent literate by 2015 is well on its way he stated. He further added by saying that the efforts put in by both centre and the state Government is finally paying of its dividends in terms of creating mass awareness about controlled family planning. He further added by saying that the figures also gives an indication that the state has been successful in keeping close check on the influx in the state resulting in declination of decadal growth to 12.36% as oppose to 33.07% in the 2001 Census.
He stressed that now it is the duty of the planning sector of the country who should work out on these figures to make the future of the country in terms of socio-economic and political scenario.
Director of Census Operations, Sikkim, Bhagwan Shankar, mentioned that very soon the figures on other subjects collected in the census will be issued for the masses.
He also highlighted the various figures included in the provisional populations totals and mentioned that the state has been doing well in the country.
In his presentation on the PPT, Joint Director of Census Operation, Sikkim, DK Dey, threw some light on different figures and data of PPT 2011 through a power point presentation.