As we build SocialCops’ data repository, we keep creating data points and visualizations that demand to be shared. Our data newsletter, Real Numbers aims to bring this important data to you in simple bite-sized pieces. Over time, we’ll dive deep into our archives to cover everything from agriculture and education to healthcare and women’s issues in India. 

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1,027.80 rupees

Cost of traveling 3,791 km from the northern to southern tip of India by train (including reservation charges and tax). The route travels from Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra in Jammu & Kashmir to Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu via the Himsagar Express, Sleeper Class. The trip costs 2,655.80 rupees in 3rd AC. For comparison, a 5,471.8 km train route in the U.S. costs $213 (or 4,211 rupees in PPP terms) as of 2011. (Sources: Indian Railways Passenger Reservation Enquiry, Derek Low)

Air India

Domestic airline that received the most complaints in February 2016. Air India received 276 passenger complaints, or 2.4 complaints per 10,000 passengers. Air Pegasus had slightly more complaints per 10,000 passengers but fewer complaints overall — 5 complaints, or 2.6 per 10,000 passengers. Jet Airways had the second-most total complaints — 208 complaints, or 1.3 complaints per 10,000 passengers. (Source: Directorate General of Civil Aviation)


Percentage of rape victims in 2014 that were under 18 years old. (Source: NCRB)


Number of holidays that will be observed by India’s government offices in 2016. 17 of these are gazetted holidays and 2 are restricted holidays. (Source: Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions)

90 billion rupees

Budget allocation to Swachh Bharat Abhiyan in 2016-17. This is equivalent to the outstanding debt owed by Vijay Mallya, the ex-chairman of United Spirits. (Sources: Union Budget 2016-17, Economic Times)


Estimated percentage of India’s factories that are in just 5 states (Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh) as of 2013-14. In comparison, the 5 states with the fewest factories (Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Sikkim, and Tripura) only account for an estimated 0.42% of total factories. The survey covers all factories registered under the 1948 Factories Act, which employ at least 10 workers with power or at least 20 workers without power. (Source: Annual Survey of Industries)

40 million hectares

Land area that is prone to floods and river erosion in India. This is 12% of India’s total land. (Source: National Disaster Management Authority)