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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Percentage of the Indian police force that is female, as of 1 January 2015. To improve this number, the Union Cabinet reserved 33% of posts for women in all union territories. The reservation applies to direct recruitment in non-gazetted posts from constable to sub-inspector. 12 states — Bihar, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Tripura, and Uttarakhand — have also reserved positions in their police forces for women. All of these states reserved between 30% and 35% of their positions for women, except for Uttarakhand with 15% reservation. (Source: Bureau of Police Research & Development, Human Rights Initiative)


Increase in the number of accounts opened under Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana from 2015 to 2016. There are 213.1 million accounts as of 16 March 2016, compared to 136.8 million accounts as of 28 February 2015. (Source: PMJDY 2016, 2015)

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Expenditure on climate change research by the Ministry of Earth Sciences in 2014-15. This expenditure was incurred by the Centre for Climate Change Research at the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology under the Global and Regional Climate Change Research (GRCC) program. Read our blog to learn more about the Ministry of Earth Sciences’ priorities for combating climate change. (Source: RTI response from Ministry of Earth Sciences)


Percentage of total valid drivers’ licenses in Delhi that were issued to women in 2013. (Source: RTI response from Ministry of Road Transport & Highways)

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Shortage of pack houses. India is required to have 70,080 pack houses, but there are only 249. Pack houses, where raw produce is received and processed before being chilled, is the first step in managing harvested produce. (Source: Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture)


State with the minimum loss of forest cover (306 square km) from 2013 to 2015. The state with the maximum increase in forest cover (2,501 square km) was Tamil Nadu. Overall, India’s forest cover increased by 3,775 square km. (Source: Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change)

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Percentage of total murder-for-dowry cases that were registered in 2 Indian states in 2014. Those 2 states were Odisha and West Bengal with 32.3% and 22.7% of total cases. (Source: NCRB)