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76.39% of our city has no access to computers?

Well, that's what caste census says

Although basking in the glory of being the tech capital of the country, Bengaluru's 76.39 per cent population does not have access to either computers or laptops!

Despite reports of rising levels of pollution, 99 per cent of Bengalureans have no chronic diseases! Although a thriving business hub, 56 per cent of the city's population earns no wages! At least 34 per cent of the people are unmarried! Only 54 per cent of households in the city own refrigerators! And Bengaluru has the lowest sex ratio in Karnataka with just 857 females per 1,000 males!

These are some of the shocking - albeit interesting - findings revealed by the Socio-Economic and Caste Census (SECC) that was conducted by the state government in 2011.

The findings of the census were released by chief minister Siddaramaiah on Monday in Bengaluru. Commenting on the census, Siddaramaiah said, "We are the first in South India and second in the country to come out with the details of the SECC. No other state has come up with the final results. The census, first in the last eight decades since 1931, has revealed several details about the condition of households in both urban and rural landscape and helps the government in formulating policies effectively."

According to HK Patil, Minister for Rural Development and Panchayat Raj (RDPR), the SECC is perhaps the first ever survey in Karnataka conducted using latest technologies and gadgets for accurate results. The census has revealed that there are 1.31 crore households in the state with about 6 crore population. A whopping 64 per cent of the state's population still lives in rural areas. Even though the census included caste details of the people, findings have not been made public following direction by the Union government, according to the minister.

In the meantime, the lowest sex ratio in Bengaluru City has left the chief minister worried. "While it is the highest in Udupi, Bengaluru city has the lowest sex ratio. This could be for various reasons including the female foeticide; and the government will soon take steps to prevent such practices."

Referring to the migrant population flocking the state with every passing day, Siddaramaiah said, "Ours (Karnataka) is not a separate country to prevent migration. But we are keeping tabs on migration from other states and monitoring the activities of the migrant population."

Sources in the RDPR directorate revealed that census had different sets of questions for rural and urban population. "We have been the first in the entire world to carry out such a massive survey only through electronic gadgets. As many as 40,000 tablet PCs supplied by Bharat Electronics Limited were used for the survey," explained Nagambika Devi, Principal Secretary, RDPR.


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