Demographic Profile Of Minorities

Ministry of minority affairs
Ministry of minority affairs

The Ministry of Minority Affairs has not conducted any specific socio-economic survey/ assessment of minorities in the country. However, as per Census 2011, the ‘Literacy Rates’ and the ‘Work Participation Ratio’ for the minorities have shown considerable improvements in respect of minorities as compared to Census 2001. The details are as under:

Name of Religion Census 2001 Census 2011
Literacy rate Work Participation Rate (WPR) Literacy rate Work Participation Rate (WPR)
Total 64.8 39.1 73.0 39.8
Hindu 65.1 40.4 73.3 41.0
Muslim 59.1 31.3 68.5 32.6
Christian 80.3 39.7 84.5 41.9
Sikh 69.4 37.7 75.4 36.3
Buddhist 72.7 40.6 81.3 43.1
Jain 94.1 32.9 94.9 35.5
Other religions and persuasions 47.0 48.4 59.9 48.5
Religion not stated 61.3 41.6 74.7 31.3

State/UT-wise details of ‘literacy rates’ and the ‘Work Participation Ratio’ are available on the website of the Office of Registrar General and Census Commissioner of India.

As against the Budget provision of Rs. 3,712.78 crore provided during 2015-16, Rs. 3,654.85 Crore was expended by the Ministry of Minority Affairs for the welfare of minorities. For the year 2016-17, the Government has increased the Budget provision for the Ministry at Rs. 3,800.00 crore as against Rs. 3,712.78 crore provided during 2015-16. During the year 2015-16, Rs. 3,654.85 Crore was expended by the Ministry for the welfare of minorities.

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