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SHILLONG: The primary census data of 2011 has shown that the number of Hindu population residing in the State has dwindled from 13.27 percent in 2001 to 11.53 percent in 2011.
In absolute terms, the number of Hindu population residing in Meghalaya in 2011 was 8.0 percent (rural) and 25.50 percent (urban), which comes to a total of 11.53 percent.
In comparison, the figure in 2001 primary census in terms of Hindu population residing in the State was 9.73 percent (rural) and 27.82 percent (urban), which comes to a total of 13.27 percent.
The three districts which have the highest number of Hindu population are West Garo Hills, East Khasi Hills and Ri-Bhoi with 19.11 percent, 17.55 percent and 11.96 percent respectively.
"The Hindu population residing in Meghalaya has dwindled by more than one percent," Census Operations Assistant Director Dr B Dasgupta while giving his representation during the Data Dissemination Workshop Census of India here on Thursday.
As per the primary census data, the number of Muslim population residing in the State has gone up only by .12 percent.
The Muslim population as per the 2001 primary census was 4.28 percent with 4.67 (rural) and 2.68 (urban) while in the 2011 primary census, the Muslim population was 4.40 percent with 4.85 (rural) and 2.58 (urban).
As per the census data, Dasgupta said that with Meghalaya being a Christian State, the number of Christian population has increased from 70.25 percent and 74.59 percent in 2011.
In absolute terms, the number of Christian population in 2011 was 76.64 percent (rural) and 66.44 (urban), which comes to a total of 74.59 percent.
As per the data, the highest number of Muslim population is in West Garo Hills with 16.60 percent.
Assistant Director Census Operations as per the data said that the Sikh population in the State has gone down from 0.13 percent in 2001 to 0.10 percent in 2011.
Similarly, he said that the Buddhist and Sikh population residing in the State have also dwindled during the past ten years.