Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ said India is on course to become a fully literate country by 2030 under the government’s new ‘Padhna Likhna Abhiyan’ scheme.
Speaking at the 54th International Literacy Day event, the minister said that the key target of the programme was to impart basic literacy and numeracy to 57 lakh non-literate and non-numerate adults in both urban and rural areas aged fifteen and above. He added that the target predominantly comprises of women, scheduled casts, scheduled tribes, minorities and other disadvantaged groups. He also said that priority would be given to districts with a female literacy rate of less than 60 per cent according to the latest census.
The minister made an appeal to all the stakeholders, including state governments, corporate organizations, civil society bodies and fellow citizens to help make the country “Saakshar Bharat-Aatmanirbhar Bharat” (literate India, self-reliant India). He ensured that the study material for learning and teaching will be made available for free of cost on a public domain.
Padhna Likhna Abhiyan will concentrate on the Basic Literacy Component amongst the adults of the country in a cycle of four months. For this purpose, 112 Aspirational Districts have been underlined by the government think tank, NITI Aayog. The scheme aims to achieve 100 per cent literacy by encouraging students to teach the elderly in their respective areas. There will also be an emphasis on driving quality education to lesser developed areas through the creation of e-materials, mobile apps and more.