Diocese of Cuddapah
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In a land area of 31,019 square kilometers, the diocesan territory covers the civil districts of Kadapa and Chittoor.

Population

In the diocese of Cuddapah, the population is 63, 73,286 at end of 2006. (The population of the whole country is over 1 billion).

Language

The languages used are Telugu, Tamil and English.

Political

The two main political parties in the region are the Indian National Congress and the Telugu Desam Party. Kadapa is the home district of the State Chief Minister, Dr Y S Rajasekhara Reddy, who belongs to the Congress party.

Transportation

Transportation infrastructure facilities are good. The modes of transport are mainly public buses and trains

Economy

The per capita income in the diocesan territory is Rs. 10,708 (as of July 2008 US$251). Kadapa district is a repository of mineral wealth like lead, barites, asbestos and limestone. It is also known for "Cuddapah stone" used in construction and slabs. Cement production is a major industry in the district. Chittoor is known for its agro-based industries such as fruit-processing units and byproducts of horticulture. Chittoor has vast potentialities for development of floriculture and plantation crops like coffee and areca nuts. The major agricultural products of the area are: groundnut, paddy, sugarcane, cotton, turmeric and jowar.

Telecommunication

Telecommunications services are fairly widespread. There is a radio station in Kadapa.

Education

The literacy rate in the diocesan territory is: 64.8 percent

Culture

Burra Katha, a local folklore is popular. So also local forms of dance and drama.

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