State Profile


Gujarat is situated between 20o1' and 24o7' north latitudes and 68o4' and 74o4'east longitudes on the west coast of India. It is bounded on the west by the Arabian sea, on the north-west by Pakistan, on the north by Rajasthan, on the east by Madhya Pradesh and on the south and south-east by Maharashtra.

The state of Gujarat occupies the northern extremity of the western sea-board of India. It has the longest coast line 1290 km among Indian states. The state comprises three geographical regions.

  • The peninsula, traditionally known as Saurashtra. It is essentially a hilly tract sprinkled with low mountains.
  • Kutch on the north-east is barren and rocky and contains the famous Rann (desert) of Kutch, the big Rann in the north and the little Rann in the east.
  • The mainland extending from the Rann of Kutch and the Aravalli Hills to the river Damanganga is on the whole a level plain of alluvial soil.


Gujarat forms an area that housed the regions of the Indus Valley civilization and Harappan sites. Around 50 Harappan sites are found in Gujarat. Lothal, Rangpur, Amri, Lakhabaval, Rozdi etc. are some of these sites. This makes it an important territory that reveals the history of India. The Dravidian tribes were said to be the original inhabitants of this region. Even before the Aryan occupation of Gujarat, it is said to have had trade contracts with Sumer, the Persian Gulf in about 1000-750BC. Rock edicts in the Girnar hills indicate that Ashoka extended his domain into Gujarat. It was during the Mauryan rule that this region witnessed the influence of Buddhism. The Mauryans also promoted trade and helped in spread of its culture. In about 150BC the Bactarian Greeks under Meander is said to have instilled their rule. Till 40AD they are said to have had trade contracts with Rome. From about AD130-390 the Scythians ruled it. After 300AD the Guptas established their reign which lasted till 460AD. The Vallabhi established their sway in between (500-700AD). After the death of Harshvardhana, the Gujjars controlled it till 746AD. The Solankis ruled over Gujarat till 1143. Gujarat attained its greatest territorial extent under the Solanki dynasty, from the 9th century. Muhammud of Ghazni attacked Somnath in Gujarat leading to the downfall of the Solankis. The conquest of Ala-ud-din Khilji king of Delhi in 1288 also influenced the conditions in Gujarat. The Sultans of Delhi had their sway over Gujarat from 1298-1392AD. Ahmad Shah I, the first independent Muslim ruler of Gujarat founded Ahmadabad in 1411. Then the Mughals ruled for about 2 centuries till the Marathas terminated their rule in the mid 18th century. It was during the18th century that Gujarat was divided among number of chiefs. From 1803-1827 the British set up their administration. The British East India company first head quarters in India was at Surat. It was later moved to Bombay. Finally on May1,1960, the state of Gujarat was formed from the north and west portions of Bombay state, the remainder being renamed the state of Maharashtra.

The state of Gujarat has an area of 196,024 sq. km. and a population of 60.38 million. There are 25 districts, 170 blocks and 18539 villages. The State has population density of 258 per sq. km. (as against the national average of 312). The decadal growth rate of the state is 22.66% (against 21.54% for the country) and the population of the state continues to grow at a much faster rate than the national rate.

Health Indicators of Gujarat

The Total Fertility Rate of the State is 2.5. The Infant Mortality Rate is 41 and Maternal Mortality Ratio is 148 (SRS 2007 - 2009) which are lower than the National average. The Sex Ratio in the State is 9185 (as compared to 940 for the country). Comparative figures of major health and demographic indicators are as follows :

Demographic, Socio-economic and Health profile of Gujarat State as compared to India figures

Total population (In crore) (Census 2011) 6.03 121.01
Decadal Growth (%) (Census 2011) 19.17 17.64
Infant Mortality Rate (SRS 2013) 36 40
Maternal Mortality Rate (SRS 2010-12) 122 178
Total Fertility Rate (SRS 2012) 2.3 2.4
Crude Birth Rate (SRS 2013) 20.8 21.4
Crude Death Rate (SRS 2013) 6.5 7
Natural Growth Rate (SRS 2013) 14.3 14.4
Sex Ratio (Census 2011) 918 940
Child Sex Ratio (Census 2011) 886 914
Schedule Caste population (in crore) (Census 2001) 0.35 16.6
Schedule Tribe population (in crore) (Census 2001) 0.74 8.4
Total Literacy Rate (%) (Census 2011) 79.31 74.04
Male Literacy Rate (%) (Census 2011) 87.23 82.14
Female Literacy Rate (%) (Census 2011) 70.73 65.46

Health Infrastructure of Gujarat

ParticularsRequiredIn positionshortfall
Sub-centre 9156 7274 1882
Primary Health Centre 1433 1158 275
Community Health Centre 358 318 40
Health worker (Female)/ANM at Sub Centres & PHCs 8432 6431 2001
Health Worker (Male) at Sub Centres 7274 4874 2400
Health Assistant (Female)/LHV at PHCs 1158 875 283
Health Assistant (Male) at PHCs 1158 758 400
Doctor at PHCs 1158 778 380
Obstetricians & Gynecologists at CHCs 318 9 309
Pediatricians at CHCs 318 3 315
Total specialists at CHCs 1272 76 1196
Radiographers at CHCs 318 168 150
Pharmacist at PHCs & CHCs 1476 1428 48
Laboratory Technicians at PHCs & CHCs 1476 1365 111
Nursing Staff at PHCs & CHCs 3384 2705 679

(Source: RHS Bulletin, March 2012, M/O Health & F.W., GOI)


Organogram of State Gujarat

Organogram of State Gujarat

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List and Addresses of State Officials

Principal Secy.
Shri  Anil Mukim
Principal Secretary 
(Health & FW )
Block No.7,  7th Floor  New Sachiwalay ,
Sector No. 10,
Gandhinagar-Gujarat 382010
Tele office : 079-23251403
Fax No : 079-23254653
Mob : 09978405904
Email :
Mission Director
Dr. Vinod R. Rao
Mission Director (NRHM),
Block No. 5/2,
Dr. Jivraj Mehta Bhavan,
Sector No. 10,
Gandhinagar-Gujarat 382010
Tele office : 079-23253299
Fax No : 079-23253298
Email :
Regional Director
Dr. Chandana Dey
Sr.Regional Director
I/c Regional Office of Health & FW
Anand Estate,
Industrial Estate Corner,
Bapu Nagar,
AHMEDABAD - 380024
Tele Off : 079- 22742447
Mob : 09727241880
Email :

Regional Evaluation Team Report

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