Intense efforts to raise literacy rate in Pudukottai dt.

Nearly 67,000 persons enrolled in continuing education centres in the district

Special Correspondent

PUDUKOTTAI: : A total of 68,981 illiterate people — men 26,998 and women 41,983 — have been enrolled in various continuing education centres functioning in Pudukottai district and are undergoing literacy programmes, the District Collector, R. Thiagarajan said.

Speaking at a function to inaugurate training programme for conveners of the women literacy programme here on Thursday, Mr. Thiagarajan said that as per the latest survey, the district accounted for 1,09,584 illiterates — men 42,541 and women 67,043. The rest of the illiterates would also be covered under the literacy programmes shortly.

Mr. Thiagarajan said that over 5,000 women self-help groups existed in Pudukottai district and thanks to their effective functioning, banks have voluntarily come forward to provide liberal financial assistance for undertaking economic activities.

He said that literacy is a must for every citizen mainly to understand various government programmes being implemented in their localities not only for their own benefit but also to help other deserving candidates belonging to the economically weaker sections. It would also help in the successful implementation of these programmes. He regretted that many did not sign in the ration card renewal forms owing to illiteracy.

The Project Officer, DRDA, M. Madasamy, the PA to the Collector (accounts), Palpazhani, and the coordinator of the Continuing Education Project, R. Rajkumar also spoke.

Mr. Thiagarajan handed over carrom boards and other play equipment to the Nattampannai continuing education centre.

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