'Akshar Anchal', the Bihar government's ambitious scheme to make literate about 40 lakh women in six months, would be launched from August 9.
"We are going to launch the scheme on August 9 to make 40 lakh women literate in six months' time under 'Mukhya Mantri Akshar Anchal'," Principal Secretary, Human Resources Development, Anjani Kumar Singh told reporters in Patna on Friday.
Fully funded by the state government, it had nothing to do with Central government's scheme, Singh said and added that Rs 55 crore have been earmarked for the purpose.
The state formulated the project considering the fact that female literacy rate was abysmally low at 33 per cent which needed to be changed as educating women was the only way for improving Bihar's record in national census, to be carried out in 2011.
Stating that there would be the requirement of two lakh teachers for this purpose alone, the Principal Secretary said the government has trained around 2,000 resource people, 50 each from every district.