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English Release 26-November 2014
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  • President's Secretariat
  • Quality-oriented education can transform India into one of the leading nations of the world, says President
  • Speech by the President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee at the Eleventh Convocation of Symbiosis International University
  • Deepen private sector involvement in education, says President
  • President of India condoles the passing away of Sitara Devi
  • Prime Minister's Office
  • PM's bilateral engagements on the sidelines of the SAARC Summit
  • Speech by the Prime Minister at the SAARC Summit
  • 26/11: PM salutes the bravery of security personnel who laid down their lives and reaffirms commitment to combat terrorism
  • Department of Space
  • Commercial Application of Space Technology
  • Achievements in Space Science
  • Min for Develop. of North-East Region
  • Balance of Trade in North-Eastern Region
  • Min of Commerce & Industry
  • Implementation of National Design Polic
  • Extension Of Validity Of Industrial Licences By DIP
  • Steps Taken To Improve Position In Business Index
  • Schemes for Promotion and Modernization Of Industrial Unit
  • Implementation of National Manufacturing Polic
  • Push To Manufacturing Sector
  • Doubling India's Share in Global Trade
  • Boosting Industrial Production
  • Signing Of FTAs
  • New Foreign Trade Policy to address slowdown concerns of exporters: Commerce Secretary
  • Min of Earth Science
  • Forecasting of Natural Calamities
  • Global Warming
  • Min of Health and Family Welfare
  • ‘Delhi Declaration’ at closing of PPD International Conference focuses on Youth to harness Demographic Dividend
  • Min of Home Affairs
  • West Bengal Protection of Interest of Depositors in Financial Establishment Bill for Presidential Assent
  • Releasing of Undertrials who have Served Half of Maximum Sentence
  • NSG HUBS
  • Identifying Citizens While Preparing NPR
  • Hoisting of National Flag Permanently in Connaught Place, Delhi
  • Floods in Jammu and Kashmir
  • Crimes Against Women and Children in Delhi and NCR
  • Rise in Overstay of Pakistani Nationals
  • No Output on ISIS trying to Gain Ground in Kashmir
  • Decline in Terrorism and Infiltration
  • Compensation to Victims of 1984 Anti-Sikh Riots
  • No Cap for receiving contribution under FCRA
  • Min of Human Resource Development
  • Improving Learning Outcome in the Country
  • Gender Sensitization on Campuses Across the Country
  • Providing Quality Literacy to All
  • Re-Structuring of UGC
  • Min of Information & Broadcasting
  • IDPA signs a 5-year contract with DD National to showcase documentary films from across the country
  • Directorial debut ‘ Ek Hazarachi Note’ enters competition category of IFFI, 2014
  • Role of Changing Technology in Cinema: A Discussion
  • Songs of the Bards of Bengal: The Bauls and Fakirs: An Attempt to Preserve the Tradition
  • Bodhon: An Experiment to Define Motherhood
  • Justice C.K.Prasad, Retd. Judge of the Supreme Court of India appointed as Chairman Press Council of India
  • Rituals can create an ‘Experiential sphere’ different from conventional audio-visual theatre says the award winning Sinhalese director IndikaFerdinando
  • Candles in the Wind: Struggle of Women
  • Film is a tool of Social Reform: Sabyasachi Mohapatra
  • Min of Micro,Small & Medium Enterprises
  • KVIC Exhibitions Outside India
  • Investment in MSME Run by Small Entrepreneurs
  • Cooperation with Cote D’ivoire in Sme Sector
  • Khadi Gramodyog
  • Min of Mines
  • Study for Exploration of Rare Earth Element
  • Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Bill
  • Min of New and Renewable Energy
  • Balance of Trade in North-Eastern Region
  • Min of Overseas Indian Affairs
  • Rehabilitation Package for Migrant Indians
  • Emigration Fee
  • Min of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
  • Public Grievance
  • Procedure for Communication
  • Representation of OBC/SC/ST in Higher Officer
  • Amending Rules for Safeguarding Women
  • Appointment of SPG Director
  • Min of Petroleum & Natural Gas
  • Increasing CNG Filling Stations in Delhi
  • Setting Up of Refinery in Rajasthan
  • LPG Connections in Rural Areas
  • Digitization of Files and Data
  • Global crude oil price of Indian Basket was US$ 76.91 per bbl on 25.11.2014
  • Ministry of Railways
  • Railways to Run Six Special Trains to Clear Extra Rush for Mahaparinibban Divas
  • Min of Science & Technology
  • Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research
  • Extension in Retirement Age of Scientists
  • Environment Friendly Technologies
  • Min of Shipping
  • Workshop on Integrated National Waterways Transportation Grid Inaugurated
  • New Mechanism of Collection of Light Dues for Container Ships
  • Min of Social Justice & Empowerment
  • Development of Persons with Disabilities
  • Benefits to Disabled
  • Development of Persons with Disabilities
  • Ramp Facility for Physically Challenged
  • Data on Mentally Retarded Persons
  • Min of Steel
  • Measures to Increase Steel Production
  • Mines Allotted to KIOCL in Karnataka
  • Min of Tribal Affairs
  • Jual Oram inaugurates Tribal Art and Crafts Mela Aadishilp
  • Min of Urban Development
  • Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu approves enhancement of Ground Coverage and FAR in Delhi
  • DMRC’s Revenues Exceed Budget Targets
  • Ministry of Water Resources
  • Uma Bharti will Review the Working of her Ministry on Weekly Basis
  • Min of Skill Development, Entrepreneurship, Youth Affairs and Sports
  • Text of Speech of Sarbanand Sonowal
  • Boxer Sarita Devi issue Discussed
  • Sarbananda Sonowal confers Arjuna Award 2014 to Boxer Manoj Kumar

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Ministry of Human Resource Development08-September, 2009 18:30 IST
Prime Minister launches SAAKSHAR BHARAT; says launch of the mission reaffirms Government’s Commitment to Literacy
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh launched, here today, SAAKSHAR BHARAT, one of the major new initiatives that form part of the Government’s agenda for the next 5 years as announced by the President in her address to the joint session of the Parliament. This programme will strive to create a Literate Society through a variety of teaching learning programmes for non-literate and neo-literate of 15 years and above.

Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister said that the launch of this mission reaffirms our national commitment to literacy. He said, “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 Prime Minister underlined the importance of literacy, especially female literacy. He said, “Our 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.”

The Prime Minister expressed the sincere hope that the Saakshar Bharat Mission will fully involve the local community in its implementation, and utilize the potential and promise of the Panchayati Raj Institutions and the women’s Self Help Groups. Expressing his happiness that the implementation of this programme has been entrusted to the Gram Panchayats, he said he would also expect the mission to make use of innovative strategies and technology to impart sustainable literacy to millions of non-literates in a reasonable period of time.

Speaking on the occasion, Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Shri Kapil Sibal said that the Panchayati Raj institutions will be the fulcrum of the adult literacy programme. He stated that the programme activities will be planned and implemented by the community and Panchayats at the grassroots level and all management and supervisory structures, right from the national up to the village level will be instituted accordingly. Adequate representation of women in these structures, especially in decision-making roles will be ensured, he added.

Shri Sibal stated that a web based Management Information System (MIS) will be put in place for real time monitoring of this Mission, which would be critical for optimizing its outreach and impact. He said, “Each individual learner will be digitally tagged and tracked for his/her progress in learning. Gram Panchyats will be made responsible for furnishing data at the block levels, where it will be entered on the central MIS system. Thereafter the data will be in public domain. This will ensure transparency and accountability.”

The HRD Minister stated that the ministry was working on an innovative model of Just-in-Time online release of funds up to the last level as well as real time book keeping and accounting that will continuously remain in the public gaze. We are hopeful that this model will become a national benchmark, he added.

Smt. D. Purandeswari, Minister of State for Human Resource Development in her welcome address appealed to all women’s organizations and NGOs to participate with the government in making this fresh mission a success.

The Saakshar Bharat Mission has 70 million targeted beneficiaries, of which 60 Million will be women and nearly 50% of the target group will comprise of SCs/STs and minorities. Since illiteracy is far more widespread in rural areas, as compared to urban areas, the programme will concentrate on rural areas, especially in the districts that have low (50% and below) female literacy rate. Nearly 1.70 lakh Gram Panchayats in 365 districts will be covered. Residual illiteracy in urban areas will be addressed through innovative partnership with NGOs, private sector convergence etc. The total estimated cost of the Mission is Rs. 6502.70 crore of which 4993.02 crore would be central share. The sharing between the Centre and the State would be 75:25 except for the North-east where it will be 90:10.

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