GUWAHATI, March 31 – Gender-based inequality seemed to be losing its ground with the Census report 2011 highlighting a faster rate of increase in female literacy in Assam compared to male literacy in the last one decade.
The 2011 Census report highlighted an encouraging rise from 54.61 per cent in 2001 to 67.27 in 2011, showing a sharp rise of about 13 per cent in the female literacy rate.
The report has put the overall literacy rate of the State at 73.18 per cent. In 2001, the overall literacy rate of Assam was 63.25 per cent.
The total number of persons bracketed as literates by the latest census report is 1,95,07,017, which is 73.18 per cent of the total enumerated population of 3, 11 69272 persons.
The literacy rate as per the latest report is 78.81 per cent for males and 67.27 per cent for females.
The highest literacy rate at the district level is observed in Kamrup (Metro) with 88.66 per cent followed by Jorhat (83.42 per cent) and Sivasagar (81.36).
Dhubri recorded the lowest literacy rate with 59.36 per cent, the report pointed out.
Census defines literate as a person aged seven and above who can both read and write with understanding in any language.
The Census report was handed over to media persons today by RK Das, Director, Census Opearations, Assam at a press conference.
Das, said, “All the datas have not been processed as yet and certain other figures would be made available in due course of time.”