Disability Estimates in India: What can the Census and the National Sample Survey Tell Us?
Mitra, S. and U. Sambamoorthi (2006), Disability Estimates in India: What the Census and NSS Tell Us, Economic and Political Weekly, September 23; 41(38), pp. 4022-4026
16 Pages Posted: 10 Oct 2013
Date Written: September 2006
This paper analyzes prevalence estimates for disability from the 58th round of the National Sample Survey (NSS, 2002) and the Census of India (2001). Because of the substantial differences in rates of disability between these two sources, we analyze the possible sources of these discrepancies. Part of the differences could be explained by differences in the definition of disability and disability types. In addition, both the NSS and the Census provide only limited information about disability. Refinements are needed in each of the data sources so that they may capture different aspects and implications of disability.
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