BY | September 8, 2009

dr-manmohanNew Delhi: The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, launched the Saakshar Bharat Mission for Female Literacy on International Literacy Day in New Delhi today.
PM said Government attaches the highest importance to human resource development. That is why some of the finest minds in our government have been chosen as Ministers for this very important and prestigious ministry. Both Kapil Sibal and Smt. D. Purandeswari constitute a team of which any country can be legitimately proud of as nation builders.

Government’s new programme to significantly reduce illiteracy in our country, particularly among women. I hope this new programme will be even more successful than its precursor, The National Literacy Mission.
The cause of education is indeed a worthy one. Education empowers. Education liberates. Education ennobles. Education helps nations to march forward, helps them to progress socially and economically. In our efforts to remove persistent hunger, poverty and disease, education is a very valuable instrument. And literacy is the first step in imparting education. india-pm
Government has started a number of progressive programmes and legislations for the empowerment and welfare of the common person, the aam aadmi. The National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, the Right to Information Act, the Rural Health Mission, the Sarva Siksha Abhiyan and the National Mid-day Meal Programme are all efforts in that direction. Literacy is central to the success of all these programmes and initiatives Female literacy is especially so. Female literacy is a force multiplier for all action for social development. This is self-evident and does not require any elaboration. In fact, many observers have seen infrastructure development in the economic sector and female literacy in the social sector as two very critical factors that impede India’s steady climb to a higher and sustainable level of growth and development. Female literacy is also absolutely necessary to empower the Indian woman in her every day struggle in dealing with multiple deprivations on the basis of class, caste and gender Dr Manmohan added.
He said we have made quick progress since independence in making India literate. From about 18% in the 1950s, the literacy rate increased to about 52% in 1991, and then to about 65% in 2001, the last year for which literacy figures are available. The decade 1991 to 2001 saw the highest decadal growth ever, due to the National Literacy Mission, which was started in 1988. But we still have a long way to go. And we must march ahead.
One-third of India’s population still continues to be illiterate. About half of our women cannot still read or write. The number of illiterates in India is probably the highest among all nations of the world. We cannot therefore be satisfied with the status quo.
Persistent illiteracy, particularly among women, Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Minorities and other disadvantaged groups, is a challenge that we must face and meet head on. We must make our nation fully literate, if we want to empower the average citizen and make rapid progress.
I would like to repeat today what I have stated many times before. Our government is committed to providing good quality education to each and every child in our country. Resources will not be a constraint in the quest of achieving this goal. Today, as a result of our efforts in the last 5 years, elementary education is now within the reach of all children in our country. We have increased enrolment and significantly reduced drop-outs rate. This has helped us check further accretion to the population of illiterates. But we need to do much more to reduce and ultimately eliminate illiteracy among the adult population. We need to renew the efforts of the 1980s and the 1990s when we were able to make a significant dent in the problem of illiteracy.
The Saakshar Bharat Mission that is being launched today reaffirms our national commitment to literacy. The mission seeks to raise literacy levels, especially among women, in a phased manner.

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  • http://saaksarabharath pogarisuresh

    this is good programm

  • Shatakshi Garg

    It is a promising programme. It’ll take India miles ahead by capitalising on our vast human resource. Bringing adult population, especially women under its ambit, will bring a paradigm change in our literacy levels and take the country ahead on social indicator parameters.

  • shamsher singh

    saakshar bharat mission is good programme started by the government of india. we should make our maximum efforts for ahieve the objective of this mission

  • deepak

    education and specially the woman education is key to the success of any country.this is an important step in making woman of our country educated and empowered.this will pave the way for social,economic and political empowerment of the woman.

  • Ram Prasad Rajwade

    saakshar bharat mission is very good programme started by the government of india.

  • Pankaj Tiwari ZlssSurguja

    saakshar bharat mission is good programme started by the government of india.It’ll take India miles ahead by capitalising on our vast human resource. Bringing adult population, especially women under its ambit, will bring a paradigm change in our literacy levels and take the country ahead on social indicator parameters.

  • girish gupta ADPO Zlss surguja

    education and specially the woman education is key to the success of any country.It is a promising programme. It’ll take India miles ahead by capitalising on our vast human resource.

  • m ramanaiah

    it is agood progream

  • d thangavel

    it is a fantastic programme.huge fund have been alloted.but the field functionaries position is pathetic condition.ie district ,block coordinators &preraks getting very meager honorarium .rs 6000/6000//2000respectively.further they people not yet regularised.more than 19 years these people working in literacy programmes.after maech 2012 these people to be relived.hence these family members will be stand on the road for begging.the govt of india may kindly be considered for regularisation even beyond 45 years age.

  • d thangavel

    It is a fantastic programme.huge fund have been alloted.but the field functionaries position is pathetic condition.ie district ,block coordinators &preraks getting very meager honorarium Rs.6000/6000/2000respectively.further they people not yet regularised.more than 19 years these people working in literacy programmes.after march 2012 these people must be relived.hence these family members will be stand on the road for begging.the govt of india may kindly be considered for regularisation even beyond 45 years age.

  • ravindranatha

    it is good,need based, and esstintional programme for females thanks to central government. mhrd minister sree kapil sibal is good and thinking person to concern possitive change in educational institutes in our country

  • IRSHAD AHMAD

    This is a very good mission keeping in the view litracy rate of the country but the honarium given to the field functionaries is much less and there is no guarantee for their regularization

  • http://sanjeevhay@gamail.com sanjeev kumar

    him janna chahte hei ki vt jo bana hei o kesa kam kar raha hei hume repourt de turant THANK YOU

  • DIPANKAR PAL

    This is vogus proggramme.

  • yogesh kumar b.c. hathras

    kya sakhhar bharat misson 2012 tak tha. yah yojana next years ke liye chalu hogi.

  • http://no sanjeev kumar

    i am sanjeevhay from pakistan

  • Narendra divya

    Saakshar Bharat mission me twelth plan me voulenteers ke like protshahan Rashi honi chahiye. kyuki programme ka main uddeshya illiterate ko literate karna hai. aur voulenteers hi illiterate ko padhate hai.

  • mohmad younus sofi

    the mission is very good, but unfortunately i m from jammu and kashmir
    here this scheme has failed to implement comletely,

  • http://Googles Tajub Kapong

    Sir,
    Most probable under adult education there is lots of activities to adult exercise but department and govt.of india is just deem of it. saakshar bharat is the only single mission to motivate the adulthood and its employement should regularise and program should be permanent.

  • FULSINGH MANDAVI

    i am saakshar bharat prerak this programe is very good programe in the female literacy…

  • http://shaksarbaharatmission Irshad Ahmad Bhat

    i from j & k dist.kupwara in lolab vally aafan. So it is very good but unfortunately it have been not any strict administration for improvement and also not given any specfic grant every one wants to something improvement in economically and this scheme is also regularless and rich famely can’t volunarily prepare for this so we want rgular those persons which they are funtions in this sheme. Thank you.