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  National Mission on Female Literacy – Saakshar Bharat

Saakshar Bharat, the new variant of National Mission was launched on 8th September, 2009 by the Hon’ble Prime Minister. It will cover, in a phased manner, all such districts in the country that have adult female literacy rate of 50% or less. The Mission will provide comprehensive opportunities of adult education primarily to women with focus on disadvantaged groups, especially SCs, STs and minorities, in rural areas.

Saakshar Bharat program has been sanctioned in 167 districts in 19 states covering over 81,000 Gram Panchayats with a budgetary outlay of Rs.2524 crores up to 31st March, 2012. Govt. of India’s share of Rs.306 crores has been sanctioned as the first installment to all the 19 states for the period up to 31.3.2010 for covering 167 districts, 3.82 crores non-literate adults will be benefited in these districts.

Memorandum of Understanding between National Literacy Mission Authority and 4 nationalized banks (State Bank of India, Punjab National Bank, Union Bank of India and India n Bank) had been signed. The fund flow for Saakshar Bharat will include Core Banking Solution’, ensuring prompt bank reconciliation and user friendliness.