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Government publications

The Library has a large official publication collection relating to India. The collection has three parts: government publications, statistics and the census. For information on the the Indian statistical holdings of the Library please refer to the Statistics| page.

Government publications includes reports and parliamentary proceedings.

Materials are arranged in a numerical sequence. The numbers occasionally have letters after them which indicate a particular country or region within a country. Indian material is shelved at number 54.

 

Government Publications

The Library holds extensive print publications relating to India. Recently the Indian government has started to make some documents available online. You can find some good starting points for finding this information below.

Printed Resources

The Library has good historical collections with the Imperial Gazeteer going back to 1885. There are many items from the early twentieth century relating to a wide range of subjects including the civil service, famine relief, the penal code and the railways. In the older governmental journal titles there are a lot of economic titles like the India Trade Journal which dates from 1905. Acts and legislation are held here – some of which date back to 1834.

The Library has extensive holdings for the pre-1947 provinces. The collections for the provinces are not uniform but there are some common themes. There are codes for many, dating back to the late 19th century, detailing local laws and regulations. There is also a lot of literature on administration, for example Assam has both the "Assam administration" and the "Assam Administration Reports" from the 1870s. There are reports from all the provinces from the late nineteenth century onwards on a range of subjects but particular focus is laid on sanitation, trade and justice, for example "Sanitary Report"s from the Central Provinces and "Criminal and Civil Justice" from Bombay. There are also extensive records relating to excise and revenue, and import and export taxes, again from the late nineteenth century in some provinces.

More recently the Library holds publications on 5 year plans, general elections and reports on a variety of topics from urban poverty to power plants.

All these are individually catalogued. They are available on the Lower Ground floor in the government publications section under the country number 54.

Online resources

In recent years many Indian government documents have also been published in full text on the Internet. Here are some good starting points for tracing these.

The Press Information Bureau| has the latest official press releases and statements from the Indian Government. It includes links to recent document and statistics.

The National Portal of India| provides similar information designed for the Indian public. It includes news, as well as links to forms, fact sheets and key departmental websites.

The Government of India also has a central web directory| with links to all departments and ministries.

The Census

The Library holds the Indian Census from 1901 through to 2001, with the exception of 1941. The publications become more detailed as time progresses. From the 2001 census the Library has tables covering economics, migration, general population, socio-cultural statistics, houses and households, district profiles and scheduled castes some divided by area. The censuses are shelved in the Statistics Collection at 54 (HA161). The most recent censuses are shelved on the first floor and from 1981 backwards they are shelved on the lower ground floor in the Historical Statistics section.  

The official census website |maintained by the Indian Government also provides some free access to news and data from the 2011 census, as well as a library| of some archived materials. These include selections from earlier censuses. Note that these are not currently complete.  

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Indian government press release features

Legal Provisions Concerning Sexual Violence against Women and Children in India
On 14th November, 2012, a new law was enacted, the Protection of Childen from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, which brought in major changes in the law related to sexal violence, as far as children below 18 years are concerned.

Voters Participation: Soul of Democracy
Louis L’Amour has rightly said that to make democracy work, we must be a notion of participants, not simply observers. One who does not vote has no right to complain. Democracy can be seen as an extension of people’s participation

Caring for the mother and child: Health Ministry makes innovative use of technology to provide ante-natal and post-natal care
The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has been making innovative use of technology to reach out to the mother and child for effective delivery of health services under the National Health Mission.

India’s Quest to Seek Synergy in Energy on The Heels Of Low Crude Prices
The dramatic plunge in the global crude oil price from a high of 111 dollars a barrel in June 2014 to its lowest level of 45 dollars on January 13

Swami Vivekananda - the Spiritual Scientist
Swami Vivekananda, one of the greatest sons of India is always remembered all over the world for his address at the World’s Parliament of Religions held at Chicago in 1893, which made the western intelligentsia to turnaround to recognise the great culture and tradition India had since time immemorial. His speeches at the World’s Parliament of Religions made him famous as an ‘orator by divine right’ and as a ‘Messenger of Indian wisdom to the Western world’. After the Parliament, he spent nearly three and a half years,