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India's old population at alarming proportion

India is home to over 76.6 million people over the age of 60, with nearly 14 per cent of the eldery population in UP.
IANS | By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 10, 2007 04:47 PM IST

India is home to over 76.6 million people over the age of 60.
According to data available with the health ministry, the country has 76,622,321 persons aged 60 and above.

With nearly 14 per cent of the elderly population, Uttar Pradesh tops the chart with 11.6 million elderly.

Maharashtra follows with 8.45 million senior citizens. West Bengal has 5.7 million, Bihar and Tamil Nadu have 5.5 million senior citizens each.

Delhi is home to 7,19,650 citizens above the age of 60.

At the other end of the spectrum are places like Lakshadweep (3,729), Daman and Diu, Pondicherry and Dadra and Nagar Haveli with about 8,000 elderly each.

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