The latest religion-based census data, compiled till 2011 but not released by the previous UPA government, may be now made public shortly.
“It can be done,” Home Minister Rajnath Singh told when asked if the data would be released by the government.
Sources said the Union Home Ministry has approved this data to be released in the public domain and it is expected that it will be done shortly.
The census depicts the country’s population on the grounds of religious faith practised by an individual.
The census exercise in this regard was undertaken by the office of the Registrar General and Census Commissioner, a department under the Ministry of Home Affairs.
The data was updated till 2011 and the facts and figures were ready for release last year but the previous government did not make it public, the sources said.
Such statistics, experts said, is released within three years of data collection and being 2015, that time-limit has already been exceeded.
The last time religion-based data was released in the country was in 2004, which was a record of figures till 2001.