New India Literacy Program

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New India Literacy Program

The government has recently launched a new centrally sponsored scheme named 'New India Literacy Programme' with a financial outlay of over Rs 1000 crore for implementation during the financial years 2022-23 to 2026-27.

An overview of the news

  • The scheme aims to cover five crore illiterates in the age group of 15 years and above.

  • Beneficiaries under this scheme are identified through door to door survey on mobile app by the surveyors in the States and Union Territories.

  • Illiterate can also avail the benefits of the scheme through direct registration from any place through mobile app.

About New India Literacy Program

  • The program has been launched for the period FY 2022-2027 to align with the National Education Policy 2020 and cover all aspects of adult education.

  • The scheme has been approved with a financial outlay of Rs 1037.90 crore, which includes central share of Rs 700.00 crore and state share of Rs 337.90 crore.

  • The center and state share for all states is in the ratio of 60:40 while for North Eastern Region (NER) and Himalayan states the share between center and state is in the ratio of 90:10.

  • The scheme will cover non-literates in the age group of 15 years and above in all the States/UTs of the country.

  • It aims to cover 1 crore learners per year (total target of 5 crore) using "Online Teaching, Learning and Assessment System (OTLAS)" in collaboration with National Informatics Centre, NCERT and NIOS.

Five components of the scheme 

  • Foundational Literacy and Numeracy

  • Critical Life Skills

  • Vocational Skills Development

  • Basic Education

  • Continuing Education 

Objectives of the Scheme

  • To impart basic literacy and numeracy.

  • Promoting important life skills such as financial literacy, digital literacy, commercial skills, health care and awareness, child care and education and family welfare.

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