Six to seven percent of the population in India is disabled but since there is still a social stigma attached to disability, many people still choose to conceal. This is especially true when it comes to the country’s census. In 2001, disability questions were added to the census questionnaire but the response was not great so this year, the census, which was released in February, has detailed questions on disability. Also, the disability part has been moved up in the order of questions - to the ninth position. It will be interesting to see if these changes yield better results in terms of response.
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