New Delhi: Data released by the National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO) on Tuesday painted a better picture of the basic amenities available in rural India compared with the numbers released by the Census last year.

NSSO data showed around 60% of the households in rural India do not have toilets; Census data for 2011 had it at 70%. Similarly, NSSO says 80% of rural households have electricity; the Census put the figure at 55%, implying that around half of rural households live in darkness.