The Data Dissemination Unit in the Office of the
Registrar General, India is responsible for the dissemination of decennial Census
Results for use by the fraternity of census data users in the country and abroad.
They include users from Government Departments, Universities, National and International
Organizations, Private and Public Enterprises, Individual Research Scholars and
2. According to Principles and Recommendations for
Population and Housing Censuses published by the United Nations, ‘A census is not
complete until the information collected is made available to potential users in
a form suited to their needs. The information may be included in published tables
and reports for general distribution, produced as tables in unpublished form for
limited distribution or stored in a database and supplied upon request, or disseminated
on-line (in this case it will be available only to connected population)’.
3. The objective of the above Recommendations is
achieved in India by disseminating the census data to the ever-growing number of
data users using all available modes. These include printed reports and tables,
data in CD and as free download at the Census of India website. For this purpose
data dissemination centers have been set up in all the State Capitals in the Census
Directorates (except Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu) serving as hubs of dissemination
activities. The information hubs thus established in all the Census Directorates
in States and Union Territories make available data to the users up to the Village
or Ward-in-Town level. Such datasets help local governments in taking informed decisions
in developing programmes for the welfare of the people. With the growing popularity
of the computing facility and communication facility the demand and use of census
data has increased substantially.
4. Census of India website has been modified providing
larger volume of data for free download. Summary Data at Country, State and District
levels have been provided for use. One important part of the census website relates
to GIS application which extends the facility of generating thematic maps based
on 2001 Census data.
5. An intranet facility has also been established
with in the organization for faster flow of census data and other information across
the country serving the data users located in different parts of the country and
outside. Various innovative programs have been initiated to sensitize data users
about availability and use of census data. New data products in the form of booklets,
CDs, Data Sheets, etc. have been published.
6. A special project has been taken up for establishing
Workstation for research on micro-data from 2001 Census at Jawaharlal Nehru University,
where researchers would be permitted to use the 2001 individual record level data
for tabulation and research under the strict supervision of the faculty members.
Name of the individual and other sensitive fields will be anonymised to protect
the confidentiality. No researcher will be allowed to take the micro-data out from