Srinagar, Sep 30: Despite 18-year-long militancy and damage to hundreds of educational institutions, Jammu and Kashmir has so far registered 70 per cent literacy, and efforts were being redoubled to achieve the objective of cent percent literacy in the state, Minister for Social Welfare Haji Nissar Ali said.
However, he emphasised the need for taking total literacy campaign to the far-flung areas, especially in Gurez and Sumbal where literacy rate is considerably low as compared to other areas of the state.
He said the state was progressing well in education sector but more efforts should to be made to compete with other states where literacy rate is higher.
The Minister, who is also the Chairman of District Development Board (DDB) of newly created Bandipora district, reviewed the financial and physical progress of total literacy campaign scheme in twin districts of Baramulla and Bandipora.
He was informed that in the age group of 15-35 years, 15.3 lakh were imparted informal education in 16 education blocks in these two districts so far.
It was also informed that Rs 78.50 lakh have been incurred on the scheme to meet various requirements.
The Minister laid stress for wide publicity of the scheme through group discussions and awareness camps by involving public representatives.