They got money, but not Mohan!
CITY’S LITERACY CAMPAIGNERS need Swades’ Mohan Bhargav (Shahrukh Khan) to boost their sagging morale.
Without the Mohan spirit, the literacy campaigners could hardly drive it home. The gap of two in years in getting funds for the Post Literacy Campaign (PLC) has what taken the wind out of the campaigners’ sail. “We have got the money now. But, after two years and that’s a lethal gap,” says secretary Zilla Shiksha Samiti (ZSS) Lalita Pradeep.
The number of learners at the end of the Total Literacy campaign was 20,3061 in 2003. And now when the district administration has undertaken a survey to trace back its neo-literates for Post Literacy Campaign (PLC), they could enroll just over 1.8 lakh with hardly a few days left for the survey to end. Another important aspect that has adversely affected the literacy campaign in Lucknow is the lack of proper network of Non-Government Organisations (NGOs), which could have come forward to help the district administration in the survey of the neo-literates.
“We have a strong network of NGOs in the rural areas. But, in the urban areas spirit and dedication are lacking,” says Pradeep. However, she denied facing any problem in the campaign. According to her, the district recovered well above the national average of 59 per cent literacy. The current literacy rate in the district is 70 per cent with the effort from the district administration to rope in the maximum illiterates in future campaigns, she adds.
As per records, the district administration had identified 22,4777 illiterates (both men and women) for its Total Literacy Campaign (TLC) from the urban and rural areas of the district comprising seven town areas, eight blocks, and two Ward Resource Centres (WRCs). Of the total identified, 20,3061 total literates were converted into neo-literates by 2003. But the gap of 2 years owing to delay in the release of funds from the side of the State Government and even the Union Government, the number got reduced to 18,2527 only.