Bengaluru : While Bengaluru prides itself to be the Silicon Valley of India, a state government survey has revealed that 76.39 per cent population does not have access to either computers or laptops.
This fact was revealed by the government in the Socio-Economic and Caste Census (SECC) that was conducted by the state government in 2011.
There are other interesting revelations too. While the city scored poor on the IT front, believe it or not, 99 per cent of Bengalureans do not have any chronic disease.
And despite money flowing into the capital city through IT and start-ups, 56 per cent of the city”s population earns no wages. More in the survey: In a city where love marriages are common, 34 per cent of the people are unmarried. In a gadget friendly city, only 54 per cent of households own refrigerators.
Though there are no cases of female foeticide, the city has the lowest sex ratio in Karnataka with just 857 females per 1,000 males. The strange findings have been listed in the census that was proudly released by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah here.
Though the numbers sounded fiction than fact, Siddaramaiah `thumped” his chest claiming “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 is the first in the last eight decades since 1931. The details about the condition of households in both urban and rural landscape would help the government in formulating policies effectively.”
Despite the strange figures, Minister for Rural Development and Panchayat Raj (RDPR) H K Patil said the SECC is the first ever survey in Karnataka conducted using latest technologies and gadgets for `accurate results”.
“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,“ said Nagambika Devi, Principal Secretary, RDPR.