September 9, 2014
Bengal will try to achieve 100% literacy in the next 5 years: Education Minister
The state will try to achieve 100 per centliteracy by next few years, said state Education Minister Dr Partha Chatterjee,speaking at a programme on International Literacy Day. “People have to be firstmade aware about literacy and only then can 100 per cent literacy can beachieved,” Dr Chatterjee said.
The Minister further said that more than 5lakh students participated in the Bhartiya Shiksha Vikas Mission of whicharound 2 lakh were successful from Bengal. The programme is presently runningin nine districts ~ Birbhum, CB, North Dinajpur, Malda, South Dinajpur, Jalpaiguri, Murshidabad and Purulia.
The state government will come up with moreliteracy awareness programs to encourage people to educate everyone in the family. According to Census 2011, WestBengal, has a literacy rate of 77.08 per cent.
Earlier in the day a padayatra wasorganized from Mahatma Gandhi statue to Rabindra Sadan, led by the state Ministerfor Mass Education, Janab Abdul Karim Chowdhury.