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Geo Note: India - Subnational update [2006]
Tuesday, 01 Oct 2019 17:06 ET
By Elizabeth Felton
Summary
July 2019 -- Data Buffet now carries a reference file for subnational geographic definitions for India, as mutated between 2005 and 2006. Two districts contributed parts to a new area (2 discontinued geo codes, 3 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.

 20062005ReplaceAddRetire
States and union territories  35 35 0 0 0
Districts 617 616 2 1 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 (2005). Unless otherwise noted, we have dropped these geo codes from the "after" vintage.

District Code State/UTCode Note 
Faridabad IIND_FAR Haryana IIND_HA Fissioned Mewat (Nuh) (part of)
Gurgaon IIND_GRG Haryana IIND_HA Fissioned Mewat (Nuh) (part of)

Table 5. Districts added or replaced (2006). Unless otherwise noted, new geo codes result from a "before" area which undergoes fission.

District Code State/UTCode Note 
Faridabad IIND_FDB Haryana IIND_HA Remnant
Gurgaon IIND_GUR Haryana IIND_HA Remnant
Mewat (Nuh) IIND_MEW Haryana IIND_HA Previously parts of Faridabad + Gurgaon

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:Documentation » Reference Files » Geographies » India - Geographic Lists - 2006
  • Direct link: IIND_GeographyLists_2006.xlsx

The "before" geo vintage:


References

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