Govt fails to open a/cs for literacy programme funds

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    India - 18 may 2011

    MUMBAI: Does opening a bank account take too much effort? Maharashtra government officials seem to believe so. For the last 18 months, officials from the adult education programme department have failed to open an account for central funds for the Saakshatar Abhiyan ( Literacy Campaign ).

    Last month, the Centre hauled up state officials for failing to do something as simple as opening an account.

    Education minister Rajendra Darda accepted that it was a serious lapse. "After the Centre's meeting, we took a serious review and have begun work to kick-start the programme . We will be opening accounts at the district, taluka and village level in the next fortnight," he said.

    Darda said the government will set up committees to monitor the progress of the scheme and also appoint 'preraks' or voluntary teachers to impart education to adults.

    The classes were to start in January 2010, but so far nothing has got off the ground. The scheme ends in March 2012. The literacy programme is supposed to have a time-frame of 18 months.

    Sources said though the department had received applications for preraks—on an average 10 for every village—the department is yet to conduct an entrance exam. The government will pay every prerak a salary of Rs 2,000 per month.

    Darda said there were some problems as guardian ministers had not recommended names for committees . "I shall ensure that guardian ministers help set up the committees on a priority basis," he said.

    The Centre in November 2009 had kicked off the Saakshar Bharat campaign with an aim to impart education to 70 million illiterate adults across the country. The emphasis of the programme is on imparting education to women.

    Based on the 2001 census, there are nine districts in Maharashtra where female literacy rate is less than 50%. These include the tribal districts of Nandurbar and Gadchiroli besides Jalna, Hingoli , Beed, Parbhani, Nanded, Osmanabad and Latur.

    Source: The Times of India

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