Andhra Pradesh

Still in the boondocks

The Socio Economic and Caste Census (SECC) of households nationwide, released on Friday, shows just how much lag Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu has to make up to come good on his promise of placing the State among the first three frontline states of the country by 2022. The survey shows Andhra Pradesh way behind on various parameters including education and household income while a majority of the State’s population continues to depend on agriculture and manual labour occupations.

According to census, 37.85 per cent of the State’s population (1.35 crore of the 3.59 crore population) are illiterates while 14.72 per cent (52.89 lakh) have education below the primary level. This is against the national average of 35.73 per cent and 13.97 per cent respectively.

A little over 17 per cent (17.12 per cent) of the population (61.49 lakh) has primary level education and 13.25 per cent (47.61 lakh) have schooling up to the middle school level compared to the national average of 17.78 per cent and 13.53 per cent. Only 8.54 per cent (30.66 lakh) have completed secondary education and another 4.46 per cent (16.02 lakh) completed higher secondary school.

The State also has whopping 79.53 per cent of households (73.93 lakh) whose highest earning member earns less than Rs. 5,000 income while 15.63 per cent households (14.52 lakh) have income between Rs. 5,000 and Rs. 10,000. The proportion of households earning over Rs. 10,000 is about 4.68 per cent (4.35 lakh). A major chunk of the 58.93 per cent households (54.78 lakh) depend on manual labour while those dependent on cultivation is pegged at 22.41 per cent (20.83 lakh).

Of the 92.97 lakh households in the State, a paltry 4.24 lakh have salaried jobs with the private sector providing jobs to 2.55 per cent (2.13 lakh), the government sector to 1.93 per cent (1.79 lakh) and public sector to 0.34 per cent (31,952).

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