Mumbai: About 1.70 crore people in
Maharashtra are illiterate, of which 69.2 percent are women,
according to the economic survey 2011-12 which was tabled in
the state legislature on Thursday.
The literacy (those below seven years not considered) has
increased from 76.9 per cent in 2001 to 82.9 percent in 2011.
At the national level, literacy has increased from 64.8 percent in 2001 to 74 percent in 2011-12.
Yet, among the states, Maharashtra stands in the 12th
position now, while it was ranked 10th as per the 2001 census.
Tripura and Himachal Pradesh have surpassed Maharashtra
in the last decade.
Male literacy in the state is 89.8 percent, female
literacy is 75.5 percent. The gap between male and female
literacy is narrowing. It was 29.5 percentage points in 1961,
now it is 14.3 percentage points.
Literacy is highest in Mumbai suburban district (90.9 percent) and lowest in tribal-dominated Nandurbar (63 percent).