Over 130 million workforce in India below matric level: govt
New Delhi: Over 130 million main workforce in the country have education level below matriculation, the government said on Tuesday.
Citing the 2011 census, minister of state for home Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary informed the Lok Sabha that 130.2 million main workers and 43.4 million marginal workers in the country are literate but below matric or secondary level.
Illiterate main workers constitute 28.8% of the total 362.6 million main workers while 19.7% is literate with matriculate or secondary but below graduate level, he said in a written reply in the house.
Those workers who had worked for the major part of the reference period (six months or more) are termed as main workers, while those who had not worked for the major part of the reference period (less than six months) are termed as marginal workers.
Chaudhary said to improve the literacy level of the country, the human resource development ministry is implementing a centrally sponsored scheme called Saakshar Bharat in rural areas of 410 districts in the country where adult female literacy rate as per the census 2001 is 50% and below.