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Kodagu district stands fourth in State in literacy rate

Staff Correspondent

MADIKERI: Kodagu district stands fourth in the State in terms of literacy rate, the Chief Executive Officer of the Zilla Panchayat, K.Sundar Naik, has said.

He was presiding over a meeting here on the "Kalike-Galike" programme of the Government to identify non-literate women involved in Stree Shakti groups in the district. Over 2,900 such women have been identified among the Stree Shakti groups so far in Kodagu, Mr. Naik said.

According to an official release here on Saturday, Mr. Naik called upon the executive officers of the three taluks, Block Education Officers, taluk coordinators, gram panchayat secretaries and members of the Stree Shakti groups to coordinate efforts to achieve 85 per cent literacy among the women in the district by 2007. All efforts must be made to bring Kodagu to the number one position in the State in literacy, he said.

Mr. Naik said the State Government, through the Saksharata Mission and the Lok Shikshana Directorate, has released Rs. 56,443 as the first instalment to Kodagu to achieve the goal. The gram panchayats are required to contribute a sum of Rs. 25,000 each to the literacy promotion programmes, Mr. Naik said.

The District Adult Education Officer, K. Shankare Gowda, said a pilot project to increase the literacy rate in the backward areas of Thithimathi, Devarapura, Chennayyanakote, Balele and Nittur villages in Virajpet taluk had been taken up from January last.

Dr. Gowda said that the respective MLAs in the taluks will be the heads of the literacy programme implementation committees with the executive officers of the taluk panchayats as secretaries. The goal is expected to be reached within six months from the commencement of the programme.

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