common perception is that Population Census is simply a head count of the
people of the country. This it is. But it is much more than that. It is an
exercise to collect reliable data on essential characteristics, such as,
population, economy activity, social and cultural aspects, migration and
demography and present them at the lowest administrative level. The Census data
demonstrates where the nation is positioned at a particular point in respect of
various social and economic characteristics in the world. The population census
is also termed as the “snapshot”, as it provides details of the
country’s socio-economic and demographic characteristics. The ten yearly
census data is very useful for planning for future.
The Census 2001 has been exceptional in more than one way.
The foremost thing about this census has been that all tabulations are based on
100% count which is unlike previous censuses when sampling was resorted to. The
use of intelligent Character Recognition (ICR) technology has made it possible.
Besides this is first census of the 21st century and the new millennium.
Therefore, Census 2001 results will become the benchmark for future censuses.
The data on economic indicators and, in particular, the structure of the
workforce shall help in measuring the effect of the structural changes taking
place in the economy since its deregularization and decontrol.
The following pages of the publication provide highlights
from the results of Census 2001 and other useful information for familiarizing
the users about the vast array of data collected and published In Census. A
catalogue of select data products (e.g., books, CDs, maps, data sheets, etc.)
is also provided, which will give an idea information being made available by
the Census. Details about the new facility being extended by the census
organization for giving customized tables and maps based on user’s
requirement, are also given.
It is hoped that this publication will help to help to reach
the basic results of Census 2001 including the catalogue of publications and
the services offered by the organization to regular data users and encourage
them to use census data, be it for satisfaction of curiosity or serious