On the International Literacy Day today,Ranchi has a reason to celebrate.Against the national average of 73 percent,Jharkhand’s capital has 76.1 percent literate population.
Next is East Singhbhum with Jamshedpur as its headquarter town whose literacy rate is 75.5 percent,followed by Dhanbad’s 74.5 percent,Ramgarh’s 73.2 percent and Bokaro’s 72 percent,according to 2011 Census data.
The same data show that Pakur among 24 districts of Jharkhand was at the lowest bottom with literacy rate of 48.8 percent.
Comparatively,the literacy rate had registered a growth of 12 percent during the past one decade in Jharkhand.In 2001,its literacy rate was 51.1 percent.In 2011,it had shot up to 66.4 percent.
Even the literacy rate among the male population had increased from 67.9 percent in 2001 to 76.8 percent in 2011.Similarly,the literacy rate among the female population had zoomed up from 39.3 percent in 2001 to 55.6 percent in 2011.
Jharkhand’s total population is 3.29 crore.Among them,1.60 crore were female.