`Drive must include literacy level of STs'

Pondicherry Nov. 13. The Scheduled Tribe people`s Federation has urged the Education Minister to ensure that the personnel now deployed for enumeration of state of literacy and number of school going children under the Centrally sponsored scheme of Sarva Siksha Abhyan should visit interior villages, where the scheduled tribes were living.

K.Ramkumar, president of the federation said he had written a letter to the Minister bringing to his notice the scheduled tribes living on the side of the river beds like Irular, Kaattunayakkam, Malaikuravar and narikuravar.

Any projection of status of literacy in Pondicherry would be complete only if these people and their level of literacy was included in the statistics. He said still 98 per cent of these people remained illeterate.

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