GUNTUR: Social welfare minister Ravella Kishore Babu has expressed concern over the low literacy rate in tribal areas of Andhra Pradesh and urged parents to send their wards to school.
Inaugurating the ‘Badi Pilusthondi’ programme, an initiative by the National Child Labour Project (NCLP), in the city Friday, the minister said that the literacy rate in the state is pegged at 74 per cent. Kishore Babu said that the state government had introduced the ‘Badi Pilusthondi’ programme to identify the child labour and make efforts to join them in school. “Due to the financial stress, many parents are neglecting the education of their children,” he added.
District collector Kantilal Dande said that the officials had identified 2,330 dropouts and added that 1,870 of them were joined in schools recently. “Measures are being taken to join the remaining children in school this week,” he said. Speaking on the occasion, DEO D Anjaneyulu said that out of the total number of 5,25,261 children (6-14 of age) in the district, only 5,22,931 attended schools. He also mentioned that ‘Badi Pilusthondi’ programme would be implemented till August 2 in the district.
The officials observed a two-minute silence as a mark of respect to the children who died in the Masaipet accident in Medak district Thursday. Guntur commissioner Nagaveni, Rajiv Vidya Mission project officer Srinivasa Rao, National Child Labour project officer Venkateswara Rao and several other officials attended the inaugural meeting.