Seven Districts With Dismal Female Literacy Rate Gets Help

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BATHINDA – Seven districts in the state with female literacy rate less than 50 per cent, have been selected under the Government of India’s Sakshar Bharat Mission:2012.

The districts are Faridkot, Mansa, Sangrur, Barnala, Bathinda, Ferozepur and Muktsar. As per the 2001 census, the female literacy rate in Mansa is 36.49 per cent (lowest), Faridkot 48.48 per cent, Muktsar 43.63 per cent, Ferozepur 44.98 per cent, Sangrur 45.64 per cent and Bathinda 46.79 per cent.

These educationally backward districts have been directed to conduct household surveys to collect data on the number of illiteratepersons. The district administrations have directed government senior secondary schools to conduct surveys in their respective

pockets and submit a report by the end of this month.“Based on the data, we will be able to get primers for functional literacy,” said Additional DC (development) Abhinav Trikha. The government would appoint motivators and a volunteer teacher would be appointed for a group of every 8 – 10 persons. A sum of Rs 2000 per month would be given to the motivators.