President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday presented the Saakshar Bharat Awards 2014 at International Literacy Day Celebrations at a function at Vigyan Bhavan, with Smriti Zubin Irani, Union Minister of Human Resource Development, present.
President said a literate and educated society is better able to explore its way towards its inclusive economic and social well being through democratic means. "Thus it follows that the more literate a society, the greater its overall integration, growth and development. The plan of action for eradication of illiteracy should, therefore, not only focus on the tangible aspects of literacy but also delve into its intangible and intrinsic aspects," he added.
The President said that he was glad to note that the National Literacy Mission has enhanced its focus on female literacy. "If the Mission enables the Indian woman to take charge of her life and health and feel more confident in her immediate physical and social environment; if literacy helps her to overcome deprivation, discrimination and injustice, then we can say that an important objective has been achieved," he said.
He stressed that the success of our march towards total literacy in India will ultimately depend on two factors – meaningful and effective advocacy and cooperation and support of society at large, to bring non-literates into the mainstream of literacy.