Ranchi, Sep 8 : Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das said that the state government in its 1000 days of rule has made 32 lakh people in the state literate.
Addressing a programme at the Prabhat Tara Grounds of the state capital on the occasion of World Literacy Day he said that the state government was working to make the entire state educated . He said that previous census point out that the literacy rate in the state was 66.41 pc out of which male literacy rate was 76.84 pc and that of female was 55.42 pc.
He said that the data shows the challenges which are before the state government. He said that the state also needed to make progress in the area of female education and also ensure that the literacy among the tribals of the state also improves. Mr Das said that education alone can ensure the development of the state and said that the efforts of the Governor in which she has interacted with the students of Kasturba School has helped to increase the literacy levels.
Mr Das said that the onus of making the entire state literate lied on every one. He said that the people should also use the facilities of the government for literacy and suggested that during holidays they can educated the uneducated people. He said that if Kerala was 100 pc literate and Jharkhand can achieve the same feet. He asked the educated people to carry on their responsibility and educate the illiterate.
He asked the educated people to take this as an opportunity which can speed development. He said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has a dream of making everyone educated by the year 2022 for which there was a need to take a pledge to make Jharkhand literate by 2020.
Welcoming Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on the occasion of the World Literacy Day he said that the entire state was proud with his presence as he had for the first time arrived in the state following his election to the post of the Vice president.
The event was also addressed by HRD Minister Neera Yadav. Those present also included MPs Ramtahal Chowdhary and Mahesh Poddar. MLAs Naveen Jaiswal and Jeetu Charan Ram were also present alongwith Chief Secretary Rajbala Verma and other officials.