Pondy Govt strives to achieve 100 pc literacy rate

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Puducherry, Mar 25 (UNI) The Puducherry administration is taking all steps to achieve 100 per cent literacy rate by the end of the eleventh five-year plan period, Lt Governor Bhopinder Singh told the Territorial Assembly today.

Delivering his customary address to the House on the opening day of the budget session, he said the Union Territory was already well above the national average in respect of all vital socio-economic indicators as a result of implementing many progressive schemes under health, nutrition and education sectors.

It was proposed to further reduce the gap in literacy rate between the two sexes to zero per cent and infant mortality rate to 0.05 per 1000 live births. The drop out rate at the elementary level was zero in the Union Territory and the administration endeavoured to achieve zero drop out rate at the secondary level too, he said.

Mr Singh said Puducherry's GDP had a unique structure, with the secondary and tertiary sectors accounting for 95.4 per cent.

Nevertheless, the administration was committed to give focussed attention to agriculture to increase the earnings of farmers. It was essential to ensure that rural economy grew at a faster pace to achieve inclusive growth as envisaged in the eleventh plan period.

To ensure convergence of activites of agriculture and allied sectors, Agricultural Technology Management Agency (ATMA) had been set up separately for Puducherry and Karaikal districts and agricultural plans for the districts have been prepared for mplementation in the next five years, he added.

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