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Tripura minister questions previous govt’s literacy rate figure

Fresh surveys to be conducted in the state to find out the real picture, says Ratan Lal Nath

Chandan Panday

Chandan Panday

Agartala: Questioning the previous government’s survey on the literacy rate of Tripura, which was at 97.22%, the state government has decided to conduct a fresh survey.

Tripura education minister Ratan Lal Nath
Tripura education minister Ratan Lal Nath
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The move came after Tripura education minister Ratan Lal Nath said that the previous government in its survey conducted in the year 2016 and 2014 showed the literacy rates of 97.22% and 96.83%, respectively, but it seems the data produced by the government is not right since many people in the remote villages still use thumb impressions.

“The literacy rate is shown as the highest but I believe there are many people who can only write their names and cannot read others name which means they are not totally literate and hence a doubt in authenticity comes,” Nath said.

The survey will be initiated in ward number 12, 13 and 35 of Agartala Municipal Corporation (AMC) and Ward number 1, 3 and 6 of Khowai municipality and villages of Dumbur Nagar blocks and Raj Nagar.

“The data collected from the survey would be analysed and accordingly government will take measures to make the state not only a literate but an educated state in India,” Nath added.