population of Jammu and Kashmir has grown to 1.25 crore from 1.1
crore recorded in 2001, according to the provisional census figures
released here Thursday.
"The total population of the state has increased to 1.25 crore with
66.65 lakh males and 58.83 lakh females," said Farooq Ahmad Faktoo,
chief principal census officer of the state.
"This is against the previous population figure of 1.1 crore
recorded during 2001 census operations," he added.
Faktoo said the decadal variation in population as per the
provisional census is 23.90 percent.
"The population density per square kilometre is 124 while the sex
ratio is 892. The density was 100 per square kilometre in 2001 and
the sex ratio was 886," he said.
"The literacy rate among the males is 78 percent while it is 58
percent among the females," the officer said.
Significantly, the population of the Kashmir Valley has gone up to
70 lakh while that of the Jammu region is around 53 lakh. The
population in the Ladakh region is 2.80 lakh.
Interestingly also, there has been a drastic fall in child sex ratio
as per the provisional census data.
"The child sex ratio (0 to 6 years of age) has fallen from 941 in
2001 to 859 in 2011 in the valley while the state's overall sex
ratio has been pegged at 883 females per 1,000 males, indicating a
fall of nine points compared to 2001 census," the principal census
"The census was done in two phases, first phase related to house
listing, and the second phase to population enumeration. In the
snowbound areas of Leh and Kargil, both the house listing and
population enumeration operations were taken up simultaneously,"
"At least 27,500 enumerators and supervisors were trained for the
census operation. We covered 21 lakh households, including
institutional households like hostels and jails," the official said.