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State population at 19, 80,602

Nagaland governor Nikhil Kumar releasing the provisional population totals of Nagaland Census 2011 at the Heritage Complex, Kohima on Friday. Chief minister, Neiphiu Rio, chief secretary Lalthara, Director of Census V. Hekali Zhimomi and additional chief secretary & commissioner Banuo Z. Jamir are also seen. (DIPR)
Published on 9 Apr. 2011 12:35 AM IST
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LITERACY RATE - 80.11 %; SEX RATIO 931/1000

KOHIMA, APR 8 (NPN): Nagaland has a population of 19,80,602, out of which 10,25, 707 are male and 9,54, 895 are female as on March 1, 2011 according to the Provisional Population Totals of Nagaland for Census 2011, which was released by governor Nikhil Kumar on Friday at the Heritage Complex, Kohima. This shows a negative growth rate of -0.47 % during the decade from 2001 to 2011. “This is the first time in history of Census in Nagaland that a negative growth rate of population has been recorded” stated the Provisional Population Totals of Nagaland for Census 2011. The state showed decrease of 9434 persons from the population of March 1, 2001.
However, Nagaland literacy rate has risen to 80.11%, which is above the national level 74.04%. From 66.59% in 2001, the literacy rate has gone up to 80.11% in 2011. Literacy by sex shows that the rate for male has gone up from 71.16% in 2001 to 83.30% in 2011 and for female it has increased from 61.46 to 76.69 % during the same period.
The density of the population has decreased from 120 persons to 119 persons per sq Km in 2011, which is way behind the national average of 382 persons per sq Km., while the sex ratio for female population is 931 per 1000 males.
The Governor in his speech said that the function is one of the most important and historic event which had satisfied the endeavor of the people. The governor said that we should stand and stick to the truth, and encouraged the gathering citing that the community monitors has straightly enumerates the people honestly. The Governor also expressed his happiness to all the district administration and enumerators who has work tirelessly for the census.
The governor expressed hope that with 2011 Census, the state would move forward in the right direction with more improvement. He said that the success of the 2011 Census Operation was mainly due to the hard efforts of the young, dynamic and energetic census director V. Hekali Zhimomi IAS and her team. Nikhil complimented the census directorate, state government and also the civil societies involved in the 1st and 2nd phases of census 2011 operations. He assured to forward the census figure to the government of India and recommend anything for the development of the state.
The governor said that the function was one of the most important and historic events which had satisfied the endeavor of the people.
“Fake census figures will not take us anywhere but the truth shall prevail and the truth has prevailed for the state,” he said.
Chief minister, Neiphiu Rio who also spoke termed the occasion as historic and that the state had done a commendable job and hoped that census 2011 was more accurate.
Rio said there were apprehensions over whether an accurate census could be achieved because of the past experience particularly the erroneous 2001 census. However, he said the census 2011 operation was successful and attributed it to not only political will of the government but also the change of the mindset of the people.
He explained as to why accurate census was required in prospective planning and cited the example of the implementation of SSA programme in the state where census figure had shown inaccurately high number of children whereas the enrolment in the school reflected very low. It was because the figure of children reflected in the census was much higher than the actual figure. He further added that 2001 census was rejected by the present DAN government on the ground that there was 80% growth rate which was not normal.
Chief secretary Lalthara in his address termed the census 2011 as a paradigm shift and said that in the past the state did not have an accurate census but now it could confidently present the census 2011 figure.
NMA president Abei-ü Meru who also spoke on the occasion expressed believe that the active participation of the public and women had made a vast difference in ushering in transparency in census.
ENPO vice president Sashi Naga also briefly spoke.
Earlier, director of census V. Hekali Zhimomi gave a presentation on Census 2011 while additional chief secretary & commissioner, Banuo Z. Jamir delivered the welcome address and Research Officer, R. N. Chhipa proposed the vote of thanks. (With DIPR inputs)

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