Raipur: Naxal-hit Bastar district of Chhattisgarh has now won a national award for achievement in the field of literacy.

Giraud village panchayat in Raipur district, too, has been selected for the award constituted under 'Literate India' programme this year.

The award will be presented on the International Literacy Day (September 8) by President Pranab Mukherjee at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi, an official release said here.

Expressing happiness over the achievement, Chief Minister Raman Singh said it is a matter of honour for the State that despite fighting the menace of Naxalism, the people of Bastar have contributed in literacy mission with full enthusiasm.

Similarly, the people of Giraud village panchayat, too, have brought laurels to the State, he said. Along with Bastar, two other districts - Haveri (Karnataka) and Dharmapuri (Tamil Nadu) will also receive the award.