M.P. Praveen

December 31 is deadline for completing training

Survey to assess number of e-literate persons

KOCHI: With the December 31 deadline for completing the e-literacy programme fast approaching, Akshaya authorities in the district have launched an intensive drive to train Kudumbasree members in all panchayat areas of the district.

The Kudumbasree District Coordinator and the District Deputy Director of Panchayats have directed presidents of community development societies, panchayat-level apex bodies of Kudumbasree units, to cooperate fully in spreading e-literacy.


The directive says the presidents of the societies should assist and encourage Kudumbasree members to get enlisted for the e-literacy programme.

An order issued to secretaries of the 88 panchayats in the district calls for intensifying activities to achieve e-literacy. It directs them to carry out a survey to assess the number of e-literate persons in each panchayat and prospective beneficiaries who need to be targeted under Akshaya.

A joint review meeting of panchayat members and Akshaya entrepreneurs twice a month to take stock of the progress and to discuss the steps to be taken to further the reach of e-literacy has been recommended.

“We will follow up on these directives and hold panchayat-level meetings to ensure that the directions are implemented,” K.K. Latheef, District Coordinator, Akshaya Mission, says.

As part of the drive, ward-level sub-centres will be operated under the main centre depending on the demand. Besides, “pocket centres” will be operated for members of two or three Kudumbasree units combined and in cooperation with local clubs and libraries, he says.

Though Kudumbasree members are already being trained, it is purely based on individual demands. Akshaya authorities expect to bring Kudumbasree units across the district under the ambit of e-literacy on the strength of the directives.

Steps are on to intensify the survey to identify prospective beneficiaries of the e-literacy programme.