Arunachal achieves 12.61pc in decadal literacy rate

Itanagar, May 2 : Though there has been a significant improvement in decadal difference of 12.61 in literacy rate compared to the national level of 9.21 per cent, yet Arunachal Pradesh is far behind the national level literacy rate.

According to provisional census report for 2011, the state has been placed 34th rank in overall literacy by scoring 66.95 per cent, with male contribution of 73.69 and female 59.57 per cent among the 35 states and Union territories in the country.

In 2001, overall literacy percentage of Arunachal was 54.34.

The state has been successfully achieved a considerable increase of 12.61 in decadal difference during 2001-2011.

The national-level literacy rate recorded in 2011 was 74.04 per cent, with a decadal growth of 9.21, the report said, however, in 2001 national-level literacy rate was 66.83 per cent.

In male literacy rate category, the state remain captured 34th position in national level by securing 73.69, with a decadal improvement of 9.86 per cent.

However, in female group, the state has gained 30th position.

Female has scored 59.57 per cent with a decadal difference of 16.04, in national level literacy rankings, according to Paper I of provisional census report released here recently. The placement was better than male, the data said.

In national-level male literacy rate is 82.14 while, females are 65.46 per cent, according to data 2011.

Informatively, Kerala with scoring 93.91 and Lakshadeep 92.28 per cent have been placed top two slots among the states and union territories respectively in the country.

In the NE region, Mizoram 91.58 (Third) followed by Tripura 87.75 (Fourth), Nagaland 80.11 (Fifth), Manipur 79.85 (16th), Meghalaya 75.18 (24th) and Assam has scored 71.18 per cent and placed 26th rank in national-level literacy.

The data further revealed that out of total 11,79,852 population in age group of seven years and above recorded in 2011 census in the state, in which 7,89,943 persons were literate, including male literacy recorded 4,54,532 and female 3,35,411.

In district wise literacy, Papum Pare recorded 82.14, highest in the state, followed by Lower Subansiri 76.33 and East Siang 73.54 per cent.

While, Tirap 52.23 and Kurung Kumey 50.67 per cent have been recorded lowest in male literacy rate in the state.

In case of female, Papum Pare 76.65, and Lower Subansiri 70.1 per cent again captured top two positions while, Kurung Kumey recorded 44.31 and Tirap 41.33 per cent in least literacy rate out of the 16 districts in the state.

However, Papum Pare, Lower Subansiri, East Siang and Lower Dibang Valley have been recorded 70 per cent and above in literacy rate while, Upper Subansiri, West Siang, Dibang Valley, Lohit, Changlang, East Kameng, West Kameng and Tawang districts were recorded 60 to 70 per cent in literacy rate.

However, Upper Siang, Kurung Kumey, Tirap and Anjaw districts were registered below 60 per cent in literacy rate, the provisional Census data 2011 concluded.