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Saakshar Bharat in combination with Swachh Bharat has potential to transform India: President Pranab Mukherjee
On the occasion of International Literacy Day, celebrated on September 8 in New Delhi with Saakshar Bharat Awards function, President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, said that 'Saakshar Bharat in combination with Swachh Bharat had the potential to transform India'.

According to Pranab Mukherjee, literacy gives empowerment and without it empowerment is not possible, therefore, we must consider empowerment and sustainability through literacy.

The function was organised by National Literacy Mission Authority, Ministry of Human Resource Development. Speaking during the event Mukherjee called on people of country to strive to achieve the literacy targets and reduce gender gap in literacy to less than 10 percentage points. Saakshar Bharat in combination with Swachh Bharat has the potential to transform India.

He added that the literacy gave empowerment and without it empowerment was not possible. Mukherjee was of the view that literacy had assumed greater significance in light of paradigm shift which has taken place in last one decade by giving rights to people backed by enactments in areas of employment, education and information etc.

Smriti Irani, Union Minister of Human Resource Development informed the audience at the function that suggestions had been asked on national policy on education to achieve the goal of universal literacy.

Calling illiteracy a blot on humanity, Upendra Kushwaha, Minister of State for Human Resource Development (School Education & Literacy) urged people to eradicate it. The message of Irina Bokova, Director General, UNESCO, Bokova was also read at the function. Also, a short film called 'Saaksharta Se Samajik Suraksha Ki Ore', was screened during the function.

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