MP’s tribal-dominated Mandla becomes India’s first full functional literate district

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Madhya Pradesh’s city Mandla, which is a tribal-dominated region has become India’s first fully ‘functionally literate’ district. It has been announced by the state government.


  • The district administration had launched a campaign in 2020 to make the residents fully literate.
  • With the aim of making people literate, the administration employed the education, and women and child development departments along with social workers.

  • The tribals often complained to the authorities about fraudsters withdrawing money from their bank accounts and the root cause was that they were not functionally literate.

  • To solve this problem, Mandla District Magistrate Harshika Singh started an initiative to make people functionally literate.

  • District administration launched a major campaign to make them functionally literate from 15 August 2020 by roping in the school education department, women and child development department, anganwadi and social workers to educate women and senior citizens.

  • Within two years the entire district has become functionally literate.

  • According to a survey in 2011, the literacy rate in the district was 68 percent.

  • Another report in 2020 stated that more than 2.25 lakh people in the district were not literate and most of them were tribals living in forest areas.

  • According to the 2011 census, the literacy rate of Madhya Pradesh is 69.32 percent. In this, male literacy is 78.73 percent while female literacy is 59.24 percent.

What is Functional Literacy ?

  • It refers to an individual's ability to engage in all those activities that require literacy for the effective functioning of his group and community and also enables him to read, write and calculate for his own sake.

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