Sex ratio improves in Delhi

Illustration: Anand Naorem
Illustration: Anand Naorem

New Delhi, May 11 (PTI): The sex ratio in Delhi has shown an improvement with the female population being grown by 24.9 percent while the male population grew at a lesser rate of 18.1 percent.

According to the Primary Census Abstract 2011 released here today, of the overall 21.2 percent population growth registered during 2001-2011, female population grew by 24.9 per cent while male population grew at 18.1 per cent.

Sex ratio has gone up from 821 in 2001 to 868 in 2011.

Interestingly, sex ratio in 1901 was 862 and it has crossed this figure for the first time in 2011 to reach 868, Census Operations (Delhi) Director Varsha Joshi said.

The population of Delhi has been estimated at 1.67 crore registering an increase of over 21 percent during the period of 2001-2011, which is above the national average of about 17 percent.

“The total population National Capital Territory (NCT) of Delhi stands at 16,787,941, out of which 53.53 percent (8,987,326) are male while 46.47 per cent (7,800,615) are female,” Joshi said.

The population density has been estimated at about 11,320 per sq km, she said while releasing the abstract in a press conference here.

Child population (0-6) in NCT stood at 2,012,454, which is 12 percent of the total population. Child sex ratio also registered a slight growth, standing at 871 in 2011 against 868 in 2001, the report said.

Scheduled caste population in NCT stood at 2,812,309, which is 16.5 percent of the total population. There are no scheduled tribes in Delhi, it said.

The literacy rate in NCT is about 86.2 per cent. The literacy rate stood at 86.3 per cent in urban areas, while 81.9 per cent in rural areas. 90.9 per cent males and 80.8 per cent females are found to literate in Delhi.

The highest population district wise is registered in North-West district, which was 21.78 percent of the total population, while the lowest is recorded in New Delhi district at 0.85 percent.

However, the highest density of population was registered at 36,155 persons per square km in North district, while distribution of population was scantiest in New Delhi district with only 4,057 persons residing in one square km, the report said.

Percentage of highest child population was in Seelampur (14 per cent), while the lowest was in Connaught Place (8.4 percent).


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