Published On: Mon, May 9th, 2011

Govt plans incentives for high literacy states

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The central government is planning to give special incentives to those states in the country which will achieve high literacy rates.  A working group constituted by the HRD Ministry to formulate plans for elementary education and literacy during the five-year plan period has been asked to suggest measures and ways such as “incentivizing” the states with high literacy rates to achieve complete literacy.

The incentivisation programme could be targeted at states where literacy level stands at more than 85 per cent, an official from Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry said.

The move comes at a time when the country is witnessing increase in the literacy rate. As per the provisional 2011 census data releades on April 1, 2011, the literacy rate stands at 74 per cent. The government is targeting to states to achieve 100 per cent target in literacy rate during the 12th Plan Period.

Presently, Kerala has a literacy level of 93.91 per cent while Lakshadweep comes next with a literacy rate of 92.28 per cent. Mizoram, Tripura, Goa, Daman and Diu, Puducherry, Chandigarh, NCT of Delhi and Andaman and Nicobar Islands have achieved literacy rate of above 85 per cent, said the provisional census.

The 12th Five-Year Plan period between 2012 to 2017 could also see greater involvement of the state governments through restructuring of literacy programmes.

“The working group would also suggest measures for faster reduction of illiteracy in the country with emphasis on gender, regional and social dimensions,” said the official, disclosing terms and references of the group.

The group is expected to finalise its report by September 30, 2011.

According to the provisional census data, India’s literacy level has increased by 9.21 per cent in the past 10 years to reach 74.04 per cent.
HRD Minister Kapil Sibal had expressed confidence that the country could achieve total literacy in the next 10 years. The Census, has also underlined, have shown that India would be able to achieve education for all in the age group of 6-14 by 2015.

[Source: Indian Express]