VARANASI: A city caught between religion & unemployment



Picturesquely situated on the crescent shaped left bank of
the holy Ganga, Varanasi, one of the ancient seats of learning in India, is said
to be a compound of the names of two streams, the Varuna and the Assi, which
still flow in the north and south of the city respectively. This name seems to
have been corrupted, in medieval times to Benaras, which was in use till May 24,
1956, when it was changed to Varanasi, by an order of the Government of India.

Varanasi is probably one of the most ancient living cities
in India. From time immemorial it has been a great religious center for Hindus
and one of their most sacred places of pilgrimage, being visited by millions of
people every year.
At a distance of 12 km from Varanasi lies Sarnath, where Lord Buddha preached
his first sermon. Here he revealed the eight fold path that leads to the
attainment of inner peace, Enlightenment and Ultimate Nirvana.

NIC

District Informatics officer
 
National Informatics Centre
 
District Unit, Varanasi
 
Commissioner’s Office
 
Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh)
 
PIN – 221002
 
Phone : 0542-510358,343771
 
Email : upvar@hub2.nic.in
 

It was also known as Kashi or Benares. There is also a
legend that his city was founded by Lord Shiva. Being one of the oldest living
and most holy city’s in India, Varanasi attracts a lot of tourists, who come to
absorb the over 2000-year old history of learning and civilization that the city
has to offer.

This sacred city, which was founded ten centuries before
the birth of Christ, is mentioned in holy scriptures like ‘Vamana Purana’,
Buddhist texts and the Mahabharata. The river Ganga and the city Varanasi share
a relationship as old as time and this relationship is what makes this city the
‘City of light’.

Varanasi too like the other cities has not remained
untouched by the lean economy. The market is trying to show some optimism and
slowly trying to pick up.

Varanasi has not more than 70 resellers approximately and
is mainly dominated by the assembled segment. Which forms 60 percent of the
total market, the remaining 40 percent being that of the branded one’s.

Varanasi District Total Population 

4,860,582

Urban Population 
27.2%

Rural Population 
72.8%

Varanasi Urban Population (’91) 
1,057,972

Male 
53.7%

Female 
46.3%

Employment Statistics  (% of population)

Not employed 
73.07%

Total employed 
26.44%

Manufacturing 
10.64%

Trade & Commerce 
6.77%

Other services 
4.99%

Transport & communications 
2.00%

Agricultural 
1.01%

Construction 
.58%

Marginal Workers 
.49 %

SOHO segment is the main buyer, though government and the
corporates also from a small chunk of the customers.

The holy city is also trying to cope with the high
percentage of unemployment among its youth. Government will have to take up
constructive initiatives so that these youths do not venture into illegal means
of earning a living. With just 24.77 percent of its population employed, it
naturally shows how much the government has to achieve.

Major buyers

  • Ansar Apparels Pvt. Ltd

  • Avadh Behari Khanna & Bros

  • Banaras Beads Ltd.

  • BioTech India

  • Buddha Place

  • Indian Institute of Vegetable Research

  • Planners Development Research Institute

  • Rachana Textiles. 
     

Major Resellers

Achin Dev Computers
18/260, The Mall
Kanpur
Tel: 315429

Afzal A Siddiqui
5th Floor, Chandralok Complex
Birhana Road, Kanpur
Tel: 300969

Amafhh Communication Services
79/77, First Floor
Bansmandi, (Near Aaj Press)
Kanpur
Tel: 214433

Apsol Technologies
444/9, Shastri Nagar
Kanpur
Tel: 361321

Backup Zone
15/59, Civl Lines
Kanpur
Tel: 311904

Bhagwati Distributors
51/28, Rajaj Market
Ram Ganj, Near Ganges Hotel
Nayaganj
Kanpur
Tel: 214141/360131

Bharat Computers
5/11, Charan Singh Colony
Govind Nagar
Kanpur
Tel: 614328

Bhukania Computrinics
7/111A, Swaroop Nagar
Kanpur
Tel: 541811

Big Byte Computers
Shop No 240
Naveen Market
Kanpur
Tel: 354594

Blue Chip Enterprises
24/92, Birhana Road
Opp State Bank of Patiala
Kanpur
Tel: 10504

CK Computer
9/2, Vijay Nagar
Kanpur
Tel: 222481

Catch Me
9/10, Labour Colony
Data Nagar
Kanpur
Tel: 231507

Century Computer Centre
LGC 5, Gumti Plaza
Gumti No 5
Kanpur
216471

Comexcell Technologies
LG, 17A, Somdutt Plaza
The Mall
Kanpur
Tel: 306449/305378

Compro
8/25, Kurshawan
(Phool Bagh)
Kanpur
Tel: 250055/252076

Computer Corner
16/23, Civil Lines
Kanpur
Tel: 318094

Computer Education
107/235, Nehru Nagar
Kanpur
Tel: 541231

Compuwares
63/3, The Mall
Kanpur
Tel: 317349/355785

Dataman Computer Systems (P) Ltd
25/16, Karachi Khana
Kanpur
Tel: 316505/317191

Diamond Electronics
120, KDA Market
Vikas Nagar
Kanpur
Tel: 91512316505/317191

Digitech Computers
UG D9, Somdutt Plaza 10
The Mall
Kanpur
Tel: 293259

Dow Hitech System
8/2, A2, Arya Nagar
Manas Mandir Marg
Kanpur
Tel: 256719/291897

EI Systems
17/143, Telegraph Road
Opp St Meera School
Kanpur
Tel: 367778

Euro Computer Consultancy
620/6, Keshav Nagar
PO Juhi
Kanpur
Tel: 271486/546129

Gollo Enterprises
29/43, Maheshwari Mohal
Kanpur
Tel: 313836

Great Five Computers
G5 Computer Centre
MIG 19, Sector-3
Hemant Vihar, Barra 2
Kanpur
Tel: 612101

Hi Point Computeronics
Stall No 98 (Upstairs)
Naveen Market
Kanpur
Tel: 362522/319966

Info Today Computers
7/109, G1, Flat No 17, 
Prabhu Mahima App
Swarrop Nagar, Kanpur
Tel: 210360

Infocare
113/115, Swarrop Nagar 
Kanpur
Tel: 553875/541470

Infosoft
B12, City Center
The Mall
Kanpur
Tel: 631760

Kaizen Infotec
Thailendra Shukla Partner
Tilak Hall Lane
Meston Toad, Kanpur
Tel: 353960

Ken Electronics
111/125, Harsh Nagar
Kanpur
Tel: 541547

Lipi Data Systems Ltd
First Floor, Flat No 2014/45
Chunni Ganj, The Mall
Kanpur
Tel: 542355

Micro Chip Systems
126/46, Block Govindnagar
Kanpur
Tel: 262068/645452

Micro Info Tech
House No 2B, Pradhan Gate
Near Gyan Manjusha School
Nankari, IIT
Kanpur
Tel: 591166

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