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The Meiteis growth on the decrease in Manipur

BY- Bit Irom
Imphal, Feb. 15,

According to the Census Facts of Manipur at a glance, Registrar General of Census Commissioner, India Ministry of Home Affairs, the decadal percentage growth rate of the Meeteis/Meiteis, who predominantly inhabited in the valley areas of Manipur, has been on the decrease but the Manipuri Muslim growth rate is being increased to a certain extent.
The Census Facts in its report states that the decadal percentage growth rate of the Meeteis/Meiteis has been on the decrease from 48% in 2001 to 44% in 2011. The Meiteis/Meeteis have 12, 51, 307 population in 2011. The Meeteis/Meiteis and some tribes in the Nagas are the indigenous people of Manipur.
The report is based on estimated proportion (%) as per mother tongue, religion, migration and scheduled tribe population (1881-2011). There is also Muslim population (1931-2011) based on Islam/Muslim religion and district wise growth of population (As per census 2011).
Only 6 Muslims came to Manipur as war prisoners in 1606 AD during the reign of Manipur King Khagemba. But theirs’ population growth was 8% in 2001. It has equal rate in 2011. Theirs’ population is 2, 39, 836 according to the latest survey report. Theirs’ population in 1931 was 22, 864. 
For the tribals/scheduled tribes, it has been increased from 38 % in 2001 to 41% in 2011. There are 11, 67,422 populations for the tribals as on 2011, the reports states.
According to the Census report 2011, Senapati district has registered unbelievable population explosion of 4, 79, 147 against 2, 83, 621 population in 2001. For this district, the population has been about 50% increased. This is hill district with tribal populations.
For another hill district is Tamenglong with its population 1, 11,499 in 2001 and 1, 40,651 in 2011.
In 2001, there were 2, 27, 905 population in Churachandpur district but in 2011 it has 274,143 populations.
For Bishnupur district it has 2, 37,399 in 2011 against 2, 08,368 in 2001. This district is in the valley.
Another valley district Thoubal has 4, 22,168 in 2011 against 3, 64,140 in 2001.
Imphal district has 4, 44,381 in 2001 against 5, 17,992 in 2011. It is the least increasing its population in the state.
For Imphal east district there were 3, 94, 876 in 2001 and in 2011 it increased to 4, 56,113.
Ukhrul district which shares border with north western Myanmar and southern part of Nagaland has 1, 40,778 population in 2001 and it has 1, 83,998 in 2011.
For Chandel district sharing border with Myanmar has 1, 18,327 in 2001 and 1, 44,182 in 2011.

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