Six decades after independence, India is yet to achieve 100% literacy and, in fact, lags some of its immediate neighbours such as Bangladesh in female literacy in the younger age groups. The Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) was the government’s marquee programme to fix this literacy deficit.
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However, a review, using government data, of this scheme by the Accountability Initiative of the Centre for Policy Research reveals while substantial funds have been earmarked for SSA, problems of utilization and absorption remain. This is the second in the four-part series ahead of the Union budget due to be presented on 28 February.
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Compiled by: Prashant K. Nanda/Mint
Graphics by Yogesh Kumar/Mint; Illustrations by Shyamal Banerjee/Mint