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Literacy rate among Muslims has registered a marked improvement: Govt
Saturday December 14, 2013 10:53 AM, Staff Reporter

Minister of State in the Ministry of Minority Affairs Ninong Ering Thursday said that the literacy rate among Muslims has registered a marked improvement and the unemployment rate among them has declined due to steps taken by the government based on the recommendations made by the Sachar Committee Report.

"As per the India Human Development Report of the Planning Commission, literacy rate among Muslims has registered a marked improvement from 52.1% in 1999-2000 to 63.5% in 2007-08 for rural areas and from 69.8% to 75.1% for urban areas", the minister said in reply to a written question in the Lok Sabha on Thursday.

"The literacy rate of Muslims as ratio of national average has gone up from 0.93 in 1999-2000 to 0.95 in 2007-08 for rural areas. The figure for urban areas has gone up from 0.87 in 1999-2000 to 0.89 in 2007-08", he added.

"As per the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) Report on employment and unemployment situation among major religious groups in India (2009-10), it has been, inter alia, observed that unemployment rate for minority communities have declined in 2009-10 as compared to 2004-05 in both rural and urban areas", he said.

"Among minorities, the unemployment rate in rural areas was lowest for Muslims. In urban areas unemployment rate was lowest for Christians followed by Muslims", he added.

The status of minorities with regard to education and employment opportunities is evaluated through the Census data and the Reports of National Sample Survey Office (NSSO), Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, which conducts all-India sample surveys in diverse socio-economic areas, including employment and education.

"Educational empowerment, skill development, area development and economic empowerment, which impact the livelihood opportunities for the minorities, have been adequately addressed in the 12th Five Year Plan (FYP). Plan allocation for the Ministry of Minority Affairs has been increased from Rs.7000 crore during 11th FYP to Rs.17,323 crore during the 12th FYP", the minister said.

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