By Suman Prashar
The author is Consultant (Gender), Registrar-General and Census Commissioner’s Office, Delhi. firstname.lastname@example.org
The process of collecting census data in India has been riddled with gaps in gender data specifically pertaining to women’s contribution to India’s economic activity and female work participation rate. This paper traces gaps persistent in the Census since 1971 along with changes accomplished in 2011.
The Census of India is an authentic source of information on housing, demographic, social and economic aspects of population at the lowest administrative levels; village in rural areas and ward in urban areas and is widely used for policy and planning purposes. The Indian census is carried out on house to house basis by a personal visit of enumerators. It adopts extended de facto methodology whereby all the persons living in households during the major part of enumeration (9th to...