UP set to distribute free laptops to 1.5 million school-leavers
Lucknow: They'll cost the Utttar Pradesh government a whopping Rs.2,800 crore and their distribution is set to begin, but each of the 1.5 million recipients of the free laptops being given to school-leavers will have no doubt where they came from - what with tamper-proof images of ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav and son and Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on their covers. The laptops were promised by the SP during last year's assembly election campaign and in keeping with that, the images of the two Yadavs will be accompanied by the words "Poore hote vaade" (Fulfilling the promises) and the logo of the state government. Not only that, each time the system is booted out pops a screensaver with images of the two Yadavs.
While the secondary education board has begun work on the modalities of distributing the laptops to all Class 12 pass-outs, highly placed sources told IANS that distribution would begin at the end of this month. Sources say that in the first phase 10,000 laptops would be distributed in Lucknow and Mainpuri, Mulayam Singh Yadav's parliamentary constituency.
Officials of the secondary education department from these two districts underwent a day-long training module at Gomtinagar earlier this week when they were explained in detail the modalities of distribution, technicalities and other processes by the Uttar Pradesh Electronics Corporation. A senior official said that a prototype of the laptop was approved by Akhilesh Yadav last week.
The first lot of laptops, in black and graphite grey, Hewlett Packard (HP) officials said, are being imported from its manufacturing unit in China and would then be customised at its unit in Pantnagar, Uttarakhand. "We are ready to meet the timelines set by the UP government and would like to deliver the whole lot of 1.5 million laptops ordered within the time given," Ajay Sehghal, the country sales manager (Printers and Personal Systems) of HP, told IANS.
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