Every eighth household (12.4 per cent) is headed by a woman in Punjab, according to a survey.
The survey, conducted by the Census Department, provided an insight into the living conditions of the Female Headed HouseHolds (FHH) in the country.
Out of total 54.1 lakh households in Punjab, 6.7 lakh are female headed and 47.4 lakh are male headed. Among female headed families, 4.2 lakh are in rural areas and
2.5 lakh in urban areas, it said.
Among the districts, it varies from 9.2 per cent in the SAS Nagar and 18.6 per cent in Hoshiarpur, the statistics added.
It further revealed that of the 18.7 lakh scheduled castes households in the state, 2.2 lakh were FHHs was higher than of the small-sized male headed households in the country.
There are around 49 lakh single-member FHHs in India out of which three-fourths are in rural areas. With regard to availability of assets, such households do not lag the male-headed households.
Percentage of FHHs with availability of televisions is 82.6 per cent, same is that of total households. Even in the case of availability of two-wheelers or four-wheelers, these households are almost at par with the total households.
In Punjab, 44 per cent of the FHHs have scooter/motor cycle/moped, 11.2 per cent have car/jeep/ van while the corresponding figures for total households are 47.4 per cent and 13.1 per cent, respectively, it added.