India’s latest census data claims that the population growth rate for the decade 2001-2010 has slowed, as compared to the previous decade (1991-2000). Though the data has been officially released by a government agency, a repeat of this exercise might be ordered by the government to ensure the revalidation of this data. Doubt of the data’s authenticity comes from those areas of India where the education level or literacy rate is low and poverty is high, but still it has been reported that the population growth rate in those areas has decreased on a decade-to-decade basis.
Without an increase in the standard of living, a reduction in poverty or education levels; how can there be a drastic decrease in the population growth rate? It can happen only in case of an awareness program being given very high priority people cannot really contribute in lowering of growth rate of that country.
Most of the states in north and central India that reported low literacy levels have reported such a decrease in their population growth rates. This appears to be dubious, so there is an official call for a re-census of the population in order to either validate or vet the questionable figures.