inbriefpopulation | VOL. 13, ISSUE 80, September-October 2013

Are we Happy?

Strengthening the case that well-being should be a critical component of how the world measures its economic and social development, the 2013 World Happiness Report has identified the countries with the highest levels of happiness. India ranks at 111 out of the 156 countries studied

inbriefpopulation | VOL. 12, ISSUE 74, September-October 2012

Urbanisation in India Census Towns

There has been a rapid rise in the number of ‘Census Towns’-  increasing from 1362 in 2001 to 3894 in 2011. Census towns are in fact the revenue villages which satisfy three basic criteria – of having a minimum population of 5,000; comprising of at least 75 per cent of its male working population engaged in non-agricultural pursuits; and, supporting a density of at least 400 persons per sq km. Data points towards a large shift in the number of census towns indicating the rapid movement of villages...

inbriefpopulation | VOL. 12, ISSUE 74, September-October 2012

Illiteracy in India Educating India

A survey by UNESCO’s Global Education Digest 2011, estimated number of adult illiterates in India (283 million) forms about 35.7 per cent of the total adult illiterates of the world (793 million). However, as per provisional data of Census 2011, the literacy rate in the country is 74.04 per cent. The Government of India is implementing the Saakshar Bharat Programme since 2009-10 to provide literacy and continuing education to persons in the 15+ age group. The Saakshar Bharat Programme has been...

inbriefpopulation | VOL. 12, ISSUE 74, September-October 2012

New Calculations Determining BPL holders

Government at present allocates foodgrains (wheat and rice) to below poverty line (BPL) families under the Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS), Department of Food and Public Distribution. The assessment of BPL families is based on the 1993-94 poverty estimates of Planning Commission and the population estimates of Registrar General of India as on 1st March 2000 or the number of such families actually identified and ration cards issued to them by state/UT governments, whichever is less. As per these...

inbriefpopulation | VOL. 12, ISSUE 74, September-October 2012

Population Control | Expanding India

As per a report of the United Nations, India’s population is likely to surpass China by 2025; and is pinned to hit 1.7 billion by 2060. Although the Government of India has been implementing the National Rural Health Mission since 2005 in line with the policy framework of population stabilisation as envisaged in National Population Policy 2000, by helping to create a robust service delivery mechanism to address the unmet need for family planning – a lot remains to be done. Social determinants...

inbriefpopulation | VOL. 11, ISSUE 66, May-June 2011

Provisional Population Figures

In absolute terms, the population of India has increased by more than 181 million from 2001. India today sustains 17.5 per cent of the world population in 2.4 of its geographical area. In contrast, the US accounts for 7.2 per cent of earth’s surface area with only 4.5 per cent of its population.

inbriefpopulation | VOL. 9, ISSUE 56, September-October 2009

Urban India: Housing Stress

According to a report of the Technical Group of Housing Shortage, Planning Commission, housing shortage as in 2007 is estimated to be around 24.71 million and the housing shortage during the plan period (2007-2012) including the backlog was estimated as 26.53 million. Most of the housing shortage is experienced by the economically weaker section and low income groups which does not get translated into economic demand due to lower purchasing power of the poor. A sizeable number of this requirement...

inbriefpopulation | VOL. 9, ISSUE 55, July-August 2009

World Population Day

With 1.15 billion people, India is currently the world’s second largest country, China being the first.  Demographers expect India’s population to surpass China by 2030, at 1.53 billion, when China’s population will begin to fall after a peak of 1.46 billion. At the time of India’s Independence the country’s population was a mere 350 million. Since 1947, the population of India has more than tripled. In 1950, India’s total fertility rate was approximately 6 (children per woman). Since...