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100 pc Literate Karachi in limbo

KARACHI, Aug 20 - The literacy department of city government has failed to start a plan of 100 per cent literate Karachi due to various reasons: lack of staff members and other necessities.

Sources in the literacy department lamented the dearth of staff, a big hurdle in the way to make Karachi 100 per cent literate and to educate those in 18 towns of the city.

The sources in the department said that the department was established in 2001 but the required staffers were not given to the city government yet. Only few staffers were working in the department and they were taking salaries from the other departments, the sources mentioned.

According to the SLGO 2001, there were three state of affairs of literacy department: literacy campaign, continue education, and vocational education. But all were not implemented due to the lack of staffers.

The sources said that 70 vocational centers existed in the city but they were not handed over to the city govt by the Sindh govt. An industrial home in Shah Faisal Colony is also demanding attention of the authorities concerned to run it successfully.

The city government's literacy committee tried its best to activate the department to implement the plan of 100 per cent literate Karachi but their efforts failed due to lethargic attitude of the authorities concerned.

The members of literacy committee expressed concern over the running affairs of the department and decided to take up the matter seriously, the sources informed this scribe.

They said that the city government had decided to go into all the towns at grass root level with the coordination of town nazims to start people to people contact to make the people aware of the importance of literacy.

The literacy committee also decided to establish literacy centers at Union Council (UCs) level according to the requirement, but this task is also facing hurdles due to the shortage of funds and other necessities. The nation
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