The growth rate of Schedule Caste (SC) and Schedule Tribe (ST) population during 2001-11 has been higher than overall population growth of the State.
Director, Census Operations of Odisha Bishnupada Sethi said the growth rate of SC and ST during 2001-11 was 18.2 per cent and 17.7 per cent respectively.
He was speaking at a data dissemination workshop organised by the Directorate of Census Operations.
The two-day workshop focused on the Primary Census Abstract (PCA) of the entire population, the SC and ST, slum and age data figures.
Sethi said the sex ratio of Odisha is 979 females for 1000 males whereas for SC it is 987 and ST it is 1029.
While sex ratio in child population (0-6 years age) has declined from 953 in 2001 to 941 in Census 2011, for STs, it has increased from 979 in 2001 to 980 in 2011.
Similarly, the sex ratio of slum population was recorded to be 948 during the latest census.
The number of slums in the States have risen and spread across 76 urban local bodies (ULB) as compared to 57 ULBs in Census 2001. The literacy rate amongst the slum population at 78.9 per cent is higher than that of the State which is 72.9 per cent.