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Govt works overtime to distribute 46,000 leftover free laptops

akhil_m The government decided to discontinue the scheme as it had already cost about Rs 2,858 crore to the exchequer.
Written by Maulshree Seth | Lucknow | Posted: August 2, 2014 12:49 am | Updated: August 2, 2014 12:07 pm

Uttar Pradesh government may have discontinued the scheme of free distribution of laptops and Tablet PCs in the state but it is now looking for ways to re-distribute the leftover 46,000 laptops out of the total target of 15 lakh.

In an order issued to all the districts, state secondary education department has asked them to identify those eligible beneficiaries, who were supposed to get laptops but were left out due to some or the other reason.

The government’s target is to complete the re-distribution process by the end of this month. But, sources inform that only Pilibhit and Lalitpur have been able to complete the process so far.

The government had earlier set the target of distributing 15 lakh laptops to class 12 pass outs in the year 2012. Hewlett Packard had supplied these laptops. In this year’s budget, the government decided to discontinue the scheme as it had already cost about Rs 2,858 crore to the exchequer.

“The order has been issued and re-distribution work has started. We plan to complete it by the end of this month,” claimed Manoj Kumar Singh, principal secretary, secondary education department.

Meanwhile, a high-level delegation of Hewelett Packard led by its executive vice-president Dion Weisler met Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav Friday at his residence in Lucknow. Sources in the government inform that the firm has offered to educate and enhance IT skills of students in the state through their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) fund.

They reportedly have been asked to submit their specific proposal to take up activities here under CSR.

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