Not A Single Person Literate In This Tribal Village In Madhya Pradesh CM's Hometown

21/10/2015 11:12 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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BHOPAL, INDIA - AUGUST 29: Women tying 'Rakhi' to the Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan during a special Raksha Bandhan programme organised at CM house on August 29, 2015 in Bhopal, India. On Raksha Bandhan, sisters tie a rakhi (sacred thread) on her brother's wrist, which symbolizes the sister's love and prayers for her brother's well-being and the brother's lifelong vow to protect her. (Photo by Mujeeb Faruqui/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

NEW DELHI -- Every time a letter reaches this village of Korku tribals in Madhya Pradesh, someone has to set off for a five kilometers long walk before it contents can be read out by a good Samaritan.

This village, which falls in Semaliya Pathar, the hometown of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, does not have a single literate person, The Times Of India reported today.

The village is also located in the constituency of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, TOI reported.

The village of 500 tribals, including 50 children aged between 5 and 14, does not have a school, and majority of its youth are unemployed, TOI reported. The nearest primary school is seven kilometers away.

"This is our condition after so many years of independence. How will our kids be educated and lead a better life," said Kaleram, a 55-year-old resident of the village.

Another tribal, Karan Singh, who is father of an 11-year old boy, said, "If my child could study, I would have brought books and pencils from Sehore."

Singh said politicians have broken all their promises of building a school in the village. "If there is at least a primary school, our children will be able to study," he said.

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