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Geo Note: India - Subnational update [2009]
Tuesday, 08 Oct 2019 08:45 ET
By Elizabeth Felton
Summary
July 2019 -- Data Buffet now offers a reference file for subnational geographic definitions for India, as mutated between 2008 and 2009. Four districts spawned one area each (4 discontinued geo codes, 8 new).
Detail

Introduction

For India, the first-level administrative divisions are called states and union territories, and the second-level divisions are districts. Apart from the national census, India does not promulgate a single national statistical geographic classification; rather, each state maintains dated lists of areas and administrative mutations. We have synthesized these into coherent annual lists ("geo code vintages") at the two levels, which you can use to answer questions like "at time T, what are the component districts D of state S?" We account for the three possible circumstances:

  1. The boundaries of an existing area change, but its name is retained -- Replace the area by declaring a new geo code, and substitute into the "after" vintage.
  2. A new area is created, usually in conjunction with the redefinition of an existing area -- Declare a new geo code, and add to the "after" vintage.
  3. An existing area is terminated, usually because it has fissioned -- Retire the geo code from the "after" vintage.

Note that a geo code may remain in use even after the area has been terminated as an administrative entity. We do not double-guess our historical sources.

Summary of mutations

Table 1. Counts of areas (not geo codes) at each geo level, and mutations between the vintages.

 20092008ReplaceAddRetire
States and union territories 35 35 0 0 0
Districts 639 635 4 4 0

Specific mutations

Table 2. States or union territories retired.

State/UTCodeNote
*none*    

Table 3.States or union territories added.

State/UTCodeNote
*none*    

Table 4. Districts retired or replaced (2008). Unless otherwise noted, we have dropped these geo codes from the "after" vintage.

DistrictCodeState/UTCodeNote
Faridabad IIND_FDB Haryana IIND_HA Fissioned Palwal
Jhabua IIND_JHB Madhya Pradesh IIND_MA Fissioned Alirajpur
Sidhi IIND_SID Madhya Pradesh IIND_MA Fissioned Singrauli
Etah IIND_ETA Uttar Pradesh IIND_UT Fissioned Kanshiram Nagar

Table 5. Districts added or replaced (2009). Unless otherwise noted, new geo codes result from a "before" area which undergoes fission.

DistrictCodeState/UTCodeNote
Faridabad IIND_FRD Haryana IIND_HA Remnant
Palwal IIND_PLW Haryana IIND_HA Previously part of Faridabad
Alirajpur IIND_ALR Madhya Pradesh IIND_MA Previously part of Jhabua
Jhabua IIND_JBU Madhya Pradesh IIND_MA Remnant
Sidhi IIND_SDH Madhya Pradesh IIND_MA Remnant
Singrauli IIND_SGR Madhya Pradesh IIND_MA Previously part of Sidhi
Etah IIND_ETH Uttar Pradesh IIND_UT Remnant
Kanshiram Nagar IIND_KNS Uttar Pradesh IIND_UT Previously part of Etah

Reference files

The reference file is an Excel workbook with a separate worksheet for each geo type, tabulating (as applicable) the area name, type, census code, Data Buffet geo code, and parent state.

The "after" geo vintage:

  • Go to: DataBuffet.com » menu:Tools » Reference Files » Geographies » India - Geographic Lists - 2009
  • Direct link: IIND_GeographyLists_2009.xlsx

The "before" geo vintage::


References

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