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Incorrect ST Data

The recent data on scheduled tribes (STs) released by the Census of India (Primary Census Abstracts – Uttar Pradesh) puts the ST population in UP at 11,34,273 showing a decadal growth rate of 1134%. Compared to previous ST decadal growth rate figures for UP (1971-81: 17%, 1981-91: 23%, 1991-2001: 26%), this is very high. However, there appears to be a deliberate effort on the part of the census authorities to downsize the ST figures for UP.

Earlier, the household data for STs in states reported that UP had 5,12,649 ST households. If we go by the average members (5.2) per ST household reported in previous censuses, the estimated figures for STs in UP ought to be slightly over 25 lakhs (5,12,649 × 5.2). That would imply a decadal growth rate of over 2500% for STs in UP.

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