The Prime Minister of India launched Saakshar Bharat, a centrally sponsored scheme of Department of School Education and Literacy (DSEL), Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India (GOI), on the International Literacy Day, 8th September, 2009. It aims to further promote and strengthen Adult Education, specially of women,
"While male literacy went up to over 75% in the last census and is expected to be higher now, female literacy was only 54% in 2001. My goverment will make every woman literate in the next five years. Increased Female literacy is expected to become a force multiplier for all our social development."
Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil, Hon'ble President of India
in her address to the Parliament on 4th June, 2009
"Our government will make sustained efforts for social and economic empowerment of women ...female illiteracy will be reduced by half in next three years "
Dr. Manmohan Singh, Hon'ble Prime Minister of India,
in his speech on 15th August 2009.