The Gulbarga division continues to struggle with high poverty level.
The National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO) survey conducted during the year 2011-12 presents a dismal picture of the continued deprivation levels in the Gulbarga region while other regions, particularly the Mysore Division, not only had the highest consumption levels but also the lowest poverty estimates, indicating prosperity of the people living in the division.
Although the Mysore division constituted 1/4th over the population, it contributed only 12 per cent to the overall poverty levels of the State. The shocking story of the high poverty levels of Gulbarga Division continued in urban Karnataka also. Despite the fact that only 14 per cent of the urban population of the State lived in Gulbarga Division, the contribution of the division to the overall poverty levels of the State was as high as 39 per cent.
Incidents of poverty above 35 per cent was found in Gulbarga, Raichur, Koppal, Bellary, Bidar, Bagalkot and Chitradurga.
The percentage of poor in the State stood at 20.9 per cent as against the country’s average of 21.9 per cent.