While the census figure on religion was released today, more than four years after compilation of the data, the caste data is yet to be made public. RJD, JD(U), SP, DMK and  some other parties have been asking the government to release the caste census figure. The data on socio economic status of the population was released on July 3.

As per the religious census data of 2011, released by the Registrar General and Census Commissioner today, the total population in the country in 2011 was 121.09 crore.

Hindu population is 96.63 crores (79.8 percent); Muslim 17.22 crores (14.2 percent); Christian 2.78 crores (2.3 percent); Sikh 2.08 crores (1.7 percent); Buddhist 0.84 crores (0.7 percent); Jain 0.45 crores (0.4 percent), Other religions and persuasions (ORP) 0.79 crores (0.7 percent) and religion not stated 0.29 crores (0.2 percent). The proportion of Muslim population to total population has increased by 0.8 percentage point (PP) in 2011, the census data said.

The proportion of Hindu population to total population in 2011 has declined by 0.7 PP; the proportion of Sikh population has declined by 0.2 PP and the Buddhist population has declined by 0.1 PP during the decade 2001-2011.

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