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Census 2011 records rise in literacy among disabled [Social Justice]

  • More than half of the total disabled population in India are now literate, new numbers released from Census 2011 show.
  • The literacy rate among the disabled has increased from 49.3 per cent in 2001 to 54.5 per cent in 2011.
  • However, this is significantly lower than the overall literacy level of India which stands at 74 per cent.
  • Both rural and urban areas saw an increase of around four percentage points in literacy rate of the disabled.
  • Among the urban disabled, 68 per cent are literate while the number stands at 49 per cent for disabled in the rural areas.
  • Difference between literacy rate of males and females is wider in rural areas.