Valley Has 70 Lakh Population6 April 2011
Srinagar: Kashmir valley’s population has risen to around 70 lakh as the state’s total population is pegged at 1.25 crore in the Census 2011, Greater Kashmir has learnt from authoritative sources. As per the provisional figures of the decadal exercise, the total population of Kashmir valley including people from different communities and belonging to different age groups has gone up to around 70 lakh souls while that of Jammu region is pegged at around 53 lakh souls. “The latest figures on Ladakh show its population at around 2.80 lakh,” sources said. The state’s Census department headed by the Chief Principal Census Officer, Farooq Ahmad Faktoo, would be officially releasing the population figures and other variables of the 2011 census Thursday at a press conference here. However sources said the department would be only releasing data regarding provisional population totals and other variables including literacy rate and sex ratio. “Specific data related to population from different communities-religion and region wise - and other variables would be released in next two months. However the department would be releasing the district wise population figures and other variables regarding literacy rate and sex ratio,” sources said. As per the last census conducted in 2001, the state’s population was pegged at 1,01,43,700. “It included more than 55 lakh population from Kashmir valley, 44.28 lakh population from Jammu division and 2.36 lakh population from Ladakh,” sources said. They said of the total population (1.1 crore) recorded in 2001 census, Muslims, which is the majority community of the state, constituted more than 67 percent (67,93,240 people), Hindus 29.6 percent (30,53,000 people), Sikhs around 2 percent and Christians 0.2 percent. The ratio of population from majority community in Kashmir and Jammu divisions was 90 percent and 40 percent respectively. As already reported by Greater Kashmir, JK’s total population has been recorded to be 1,25,48,926 persons consisting of 66,65,561 males and 58,83,365 females, indicating a share of 1.04 percent in total population at national level and decadal growth rate of 23.71 percent. The state has recorded more literate population than ever before with total number of literates jumping to 7,245,053 with 4,370,604 males and 2,874449 females. “The percentage of literate persons is 68.74 compared to 55.5 percent recorded during 2001 Census.” However, there has been a drastic fall in the child sex ratio. The provisional data shows that the child sex ratio (0 to 6 years of age) has fallen from 941 in 2001 to 859 in 2011 while as the state’s overall sex ratio has been pegged at 883 females per 1000 males indicating a fall of 9 points compared to 2001 Census, according to provisional figures.