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It's official: State's population is 6.10 cr, Dakshina Kannada most literate district

It's official: State's population is 6.10 cr, Dakshina Kannada most literate district

Bangalore, May 23 (DHNS): The Directorate of Census Operations on Thursday made public the official figures of the State’s population which now stands at 6.10 crore across the 30 districts.

Earlier, the directorate had released a provisional figure of the State’s population, placing it at 6.11 crore. The population in 2001 was 5.28 crore and the State has witnessed an increase of 1.81 crore in the past decade

In its abstract, the directorate has said that though the total Work Participation Rate (WPR), the rate of economic contribution to the State, increased by 1.1 per cent, the contribution of women has fallen marginally.

The contribution by women towards any economically productive activity has dropped by 0.1 per cent.

The classification by the directorate for calculating the work participation includes the main (workers who have been working for more than six months) and marginal (workers who have worked for less than six months) workers in the enumeration year in four sectors of  cultivation, agriculture labour, household workers, industry and other workers, including white collared jobs.

Census data has suggested that there has been a sharp decrease in the women’s contribution in marginal workforce from 34.12 pc in 2001 to 26.61 pc in 2011.

It has further elaborated that the female participation in the cultivation sector and the agriculture labour sector has decreased by 10.93 pc and 3.12 pc respectively. One of the largest contributing factor for the decline of women WPR is due to the overall decline in these two sectors.

The census has suggested that there has been a drop of close to 5.9 pc in the cultivation sector and another 0.8 per cent decline in the agriculture labourers. According to the statistics, there has been a decrease of 6.4 pc points overall in agriculture as compared to 2001 data.

Literacy rate

Meanwhile, the silver lining for the State comes by way of the increase in the literacy rate and sex ratio. The literacy rate has crossed 75 pc in 2011, with the gender gap reducing to 14.49 per cent. The most literate district in the State is Dakshina Kannada (88.57 pc) followed by Bangalore (87.67pc) and Udupi (86.24 pc). The lowest literacy recorded was in Yadgir (51.83 pc) followed by Raichur (59.56 pc) and Chamarajanagar (61.43 pc).

 The female literacy rate in seven districts is in the range of 71 pc to 80 pc, and above 80 pc in three districts. The least performance in female literacy has been in Raichur and Yadgir districts, where the number of illiterate women exceeds literates.

On the sex ratio, Karnataka has shown a marked improvement. The sex ratio currently stands at 973 females for every 1,000 males. Bangalore with its high growth rate and population density has the most skewed sex ratio at 916 females for 1,000 males.

The population in the City has been recorded at 96.21 lakh, with a growth of 47.18 pc in the last decade. At the other end, Chikmagalur has recorded a negative growth rate of 0.26 pc during the same period. The current population of Chikmagalur stands at 11.37 lakh.

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  • Charles D'Mello, Pangala

    Fri, May 24 2013

    It is good to read that D.K is most literate district...but the recent past (Before elections)happenings in D.K do not show that literacy...!!????

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  • oswald , kulshekar

    Fri, May 24 2013

    i really appreciate for census work which is done by the govt to give a acurate information to the public.i also insist them to conduct census of govt employees who hve been indulged in corruption.

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  • Tony Crasta, Mangalore

    Fri, May 24 2013

    The people of Karnataka especially DK to be complimented in this tears. By the way can someone clarify (detail) the difference between the cultivation and agriculture sectors? Thanks.

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  • Valerian Dsouza, Udupi/Mumbai

    Fri, May 24 2013

    In the same measure let the Country, State and District emerge as most peaceful, least in crime rate, harmonious and best example for unity in diversity!

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  • Vincent Rodrigues, Katapadi/Bangalore

    Fri, May 24 2013

    This time the government too has recognised the top literacy of D.K. and given highest representation in the cabinet.Hope, other districts falling behind also initiate and take corrective meaures to increase literacy and our state as a whole.Thanq.

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  • juliet mascarenhas, bejai mangalore

    Fri, May 24 2013

    Proud to be so. Let us prove it too the true meaning of literacy.

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    Fri, May 24 2013

    Most literate district in state is DK but most of the times MORAL POLICING were taken place in the DK when we look @ entire Karnataka/India.Moral policing is the most uncultured,inhuman and jungle raj situations in the planet.Being most literate, we are attacking each other for trivial reasons under the guise of culture and community,we are attacking place of worships in every interval for specific mission,we are indulging in' MOODA NAMBIKE', we are attacking women folks in public/private(home stay/pub attack)and we, kudlaite experienced frequent communal riots!!!!.Therefore,our literacy not transformed in to literate culture.We need to introspect and show the world DK is different from other part of world through our deeds,culture and education.

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  • R.Bhandarkar, M'Lore

    Fri, May 24 2013

    Inspite of hitting the 'headlines' of late for wrong reasons, we have managed this. Shudder to think about the 'state of affairs' in other regions. let our beloved D>K maintain this record for ever and also as the most peaceful living place on mother earth.

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  • Dinesh Poojary, Kundapura/Bengaluru

    Fri, May 24 2013

    Udupi has highest sex ratio 1076 women for 1000 men.

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