JK’s disabled population higher than all-India average

SRINAGAR, (SANA): Jammu and Kashmir has more people suffering from varied disabilities than the all-India average.

The latest figures gathered by the Census Department show that 361153 persons, 2.87 percent of the state’s total population of 1.25 crore, suffer from various disabilities including locomotive problems, mental illness, retardation, multiple disabilities, problems related to seeing, hearing and speech.

The occurrence of various kinds of disabilities at all-India level is only 2.1 percent, 26810557 persons of the total population of 1,270,272,105.

An official of the Social Welfare Department (SWD) attributed the higher rate of disability in the state to the ongoing political turmoil.

“This situation has thrown up a generation of people who have suffered immensely both physically and mentally during the past 24 years,” the official said. “It won’t be exaggerating to say that around one lakh affected people in the state would be the conflict victims and this is the main reason for higher proportion of disabled population,” the official said.

Joint Director Census Operation, J&K, CS Sapru said the population of disabled people has come down “significantly” during the past decade.
He said in 2001, at least 2.98 percent of one crore state population were suffering from different disabilities. During 2011 census, Sapru said the figures came down to 2.87 percent.

“This decrease in percentage of disabled persons can be attributed to the improved health care system in the state,” he said.

According to the Census figures of the 361153 disabled persons, 2.4 lakh persons are males and 1.56 persons are females. “At least 32393 persons are suffering from problems related to mental health and 44441 people are facing with multiple disabilities,” Sapru said.


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