June 19, 2021
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What is Padhna Likhna Abhiyan and its features?

On the occasion of International Literacy Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched ‘Padhna Likhna Abhiyan’ to tackle the literacy-related challenges in the post COVID world, as per the Education Ministery of India. The scheme is launched to educate adults in the country.


The focus of the programme is on Basic Literacy component in a four months cycle; priority will be given to aspirational districts.

The programme will cover both rural and urban areas, target and budget of States/UTs is indicated in Annexure with details in the enclosed Operational Guidelines. States/UTs will distribute targets to Districts.

The scheme have a flexible approach and innovative methodologies such as involving school and college students and other volunteers of NCC, NSS and NYKS, for imparting Basic Literacy.

There is a Project Approval Board (PAB) at the national level to approve the Annual Plans of States/UTs. Secretaries of Education will present their Annual Plans, based on district plans, on the portal being developed by NIC, in the PAB meetings.

Convergence with projects of M/o Rural Development (MGNREGA), Skill Development, Culture, Information Technology, Finance, Sports and Youth Welfare (NYK), schemes of NCC and NSS, NGOs/Civil Society & CSR sector may be taken up.

Formation and involvement of SHGs, Voluntary & User Groups and other community based organizations may be encouraged.

Basic Literacy Assessment under the scheme will be conducted by National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) for adult learners, thrice a year.


Currently, the percentage of adult illiterates in India is around 35% of the world’s total adult illiterates. The government’s literacy scheme, ‘Padhna Likhna Abhiyan’, will be a leap forward for achieving the goal of total literacy by 2030

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