The government has allocated a total of Rs 1037.90 crore for the five-year New India Literacy Programme (NILP). The centrally sponsored initiative, which will be implemented over a five-year period from 2022-23 to 2026-27, was announced in February of this year.
The Foundational Literacy and Numeracy component of the programme intends to reach 5 crore learners over the course of five years.
“The total financial outlay of NILP for five years (FYs 2022-23 to 2026-27) is Rs 1037.90 crore, out of which Rs 700 crore is Central share and Rs 337.90 crore is state share. The Central and state shares are in the ratio of 60:40 for all states other than North Eastern Region (NER) and Himalayan states where the sharing pattern between the Centre and the State is in the ratio of 90:10,” said Annpurna Devi, minister of state for education, in a written reply to the Lok Sabha.
According to the education ministry, the major challenge that the government is currently facing in implementing the NILP scheme is the opening and mapping of all bank accounts of Single Nodal Agencies (SNAs) and Implementing Agencies (IAs) in all states with Public Financial Management System (PFMS).
The funds will be transferred via PFMS and state treasuries. As a result, it is a need for the release of funds under the updated procedure standards of the finance ministry. The difficulty comes because this is the first year of implementation, according to Annpurna Devi.
According to the ministry, all states and UTs have been made aware of the initiative through a communication dated March 11, 2022, along with a plan for its implementation. Because the NILP began in the current fiscal year 2022-23, funds allocated or used for the programme during the previous three years are no longer applicable, it stated.
During the current financial year, 2022-23, states and UTs would get more than Rs 208 crore (Rs 208.96,42,893) for the New India Literacy Programme.
The government stated that the scheme intends to educate non-literates above the age of 15 with foundational literacy, numeracy, and critical life skills in order to give continuing education opportunities. The ministry replaced the term “adult education” with “education for all” in February because the former did not include anyone above the age of 15.