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Eradication of illiteracy from a nation that is set to become the most populated in the world is by no meanseasy. This was realised in the eighties and the National Literacy Mission came into being to impart a newsense of urgency and seriousness to adult education.

As we set foot in to the new millennium, it gives us the opportunity to reflect upon the efforts we have been making and also to learn from our failures so that we canachieve our target of a sustainable, threshold level of literacy. It is time to assess ongoing programmes and seek new horizons.It is in this context that the Union Cabinet took some momentous decisions in its meeting held on 30th November1999.Thesedecisions, which will have far reaching consequences, have greatly strengthened the mission and given to it a new orientation as well as a resurgent spirit.

Integrated Approach

The Government has decided that an integrated approach to literacy would be followednow. This means, the Total literacy Campaigns and the Post Literacy Programme will now operate under one literacy Project.This approach would enable the enormous illiteracy problem to be tackled in a holistic manner. By treating the imparting of functional literacy as a continuum rather than as a one off benefit for the illiterateperson, progress of literacy efforts would be made goal -directed. Literacy campaigns would continue to run in those areas where there are large pools ofresidual illiteracy. At the same time, for those who have crossed the basic learningphase, programmes of consolidation, remediation, vocational skills, integrationwith life skills and such other aspects would be considered the basic unit.

In effect, the task of making a person actually literate in a sustainableand meaningful way can be said to have been modesty discharged only after the Post Literacy Campaigns actually constitute two operational stages on the learning continuum and now under the same scheme will operate in smoothprogression, drawing there financial sustenance from one single and same budgetary provision.

It is proposed that a district, while submitting theirinitial project, would also submit their strategy for Post Literacy on the basis of there anticipated target andprojections of achievements. The per learner financial norms of Total Literacy Campaigns and Post Literacy Campaigns would be the same as approved by the Expenditure FinanceCommittee. The structures and strategies would also remain unaltered providing closer linkages.

The integrated proposal seeks to effectively bring the activities of literacy campaigns underone 'Literacy Project' to achieve continuity, efficiency and convergenceand to minimise unnecessary time lag between the two.

The existing funding pattern of literacy campaigns is proposed to becontinued. The funding ratio between Centre and State Government for normal districts is 2:1,whereas for districts under Tribal Sub-Plan the ratio is 4:1.The per learner cost for a Total Literacy Campaigns will now be in the range of Rs90-180, whereas it will be between Rs.90-130 for post literacy programme.

In many cases for reasons such as natural calamities, absence of politicalwill, frequent transfer of collectors, etc., a number of campaigns have stagnated .Therestoration of such project would be continued as was approved by the cabinet in 1994. For thispurpose, an additionality of 40-50% on the original project cost, will be admissible.

The revised parameters of the scheme, in brief,are as follows:

NameSpecial project for Eradication
of illiteracy
Literacy Campaigns&
Operation Restoration
Per learner costTLC-Rs.65/- upwards
PLP-Rs.45/- upwards
Duration of PLPTwo yearsOne years
Rural Functional
Literacy Project
separate schemeSubsumed with Literacy Campaigns
& Operation Restoration
Sanction procedure
for TLC/PLP projects
TLC/PLP projects sanctioned separately.
PLP follow TLC.
Activities of basic Literacy
Continue upto PL stage.
TLC/PLP to be
sanctioned simultaneously.
Basic Literacy activities
to continue during
Continuing Education
phase also.

Continuing Education

The structure of the continuing education programme, launched in 1995 as a fully funded centrally-sponsoredscheme, will be retained and further strengthened and expanded in scope andcontent. A continuing education centre will be set up for a population of 2,000-2,500 so that it caters to theneed of atleast 500-1000 neo-literates. A nodal continuing education will be set up for a cluster of 10-15 continuing education centers.

The function of imparting basic literacy and transaction of literacy primers would be continued in the continuing educationphase. The activity of teaching-learning for basic literacy would be available not only dropouts and left-outs but also to newilliterate entrants in the age group 15-35.

The scheme will continue to be implemented by the Zilla Saksharta Samiti headed by the Collector. However, the Zilla Saksharta Samiti may also be headed by a democratically elected chairman of the Zilla Parishad in states where a full-fledged Panchayati Raj system has been established. The implementing agencies-voluntary agencies,Mahila Mandals, Panchayati Raj institutions, Nehru Yuvak Kendras, etc., for continuing education centres or nodal continuing education centres will be identified by theZSS.

The scheme also envisages convergence with the programmes of Nehru Yuvak Kendras, National Service Scheme, National Service Volunteer scheme, etc., at the grassroots level. The infrastructure of these institutions will, as far as possible, be utilized to facilitate the functioning of the scheme.

Revised parameters of the Continuing Education Scheme.

Financial pattern
Rs.10,000/- each for
recurring and non-recurring
Rs.25,000/- each for recurring and non-recurring.
In addition,Rs.12,000/-per annum per hired building for housing CECs where no
public building is available
Nodal CECsRs.20,000/-each for
recurring and non-recurring
Rs.45,000/- each for recurring and non-recurring.
In addition, Rs 24,000/-per annum per hired
building for housing NCECs where no public building is available.
Honorarium for prerakOne prerak each for CEC/
NCECs(Rs.300pm for CECs and Rs.700pm for NCECS)
One prerak and one assistant prerak each
CCEC/NCECs(Rs.700 pm for prerak and Rs.500 p.m. for assistant prerak for CECs) and (Rs 1200 p.m. for prerak andRs.700pm for assistant prerak for NCECs)
Concept of composite projectNot existingInvolvement of Zilla Saksharta
Samitis and NGOs in running centres
Provision of computerNot existingOne computers in each district allowed
Recurring grant to SLMAsNot existingRecurring grant of Rs.12.50 lakh,Rs.10 lakh and Rs 7.50 lakh per annum for A, B & c grade SLMAS, respectively
Provision for resource support by National OpenNot existingRs.1.10 crore per annum to NOS
sharing of experiences with other countriesNot existingRs.25 lakh per year

Decentralisation of Administrative and FinancialPowers

State Literacy Mission Authorities

The present approach is towards decentralization of financial and administrative powers to the State Literacy Mission Authorities (SLMAs). The SLMAs - state level registered societies will have a 2 layer structure viz. Governing Council and Executive Council. The State Directorate of Adult Education will serve as Secretariat. The guidelines regarding the delegation of powers to the State Literacy Missions have already been issued, and some projects for continuing education have already been sanctioned by them.22 States/UTs have set up SLMAs so far.


Innovative projects in respect of all-India level NGOs will be considered by the grants-in-aid committee at the national level. They will be provided assistance for taking up continuing education programmes in addition to innovative programmes in all part of the country.

Existing State Resources Centers will be strengthened and their annual maintenance grants suitably enhanced. Independent district resource units will now be subsumed in the State ResourceCentres.

Revised Parameters of the NGO's and State Resource Centres

NameScheme of Assistance to VAsNGOs in the field of education
ClassificationThree categories (A, B & C)Two categories (A&B)
Financial pattern Annual maintenanceCategory A-Rs.30 lakh per annum

Category B-Rs.25 lakh per annum

Category C-Rs.10 lakh per annum
Category A-Rs.60 lakh per annum

Category B-Rs.40 lakh per annum
One-time grantNot existingCategory A-Rs.50 lakh

Category B-Rs.40 lakh
Opening of State Resource CentersAs and when required1999-2000 3
2000-2001 3
2001-2002 4
Sanctioning of VA ProjectsProposal considered by central grant-in-aid committeeProposals of regional/local NGOs to be considered by respective SLMAs.


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