The new Samajwadi Party government in Uttar Pradesh on Thursday decided to give laptops and tablets to students and unemployment allowance to those above 35 years of age,as promised in the partys election manifesto.
The two measures,along with some others approved by the state Cabinet which met in the evening,will cost the exchequer Rs 4,500 crore. Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav presided over the meeting. Necessary provisions will be made in the next budget.
Briefing media,Chief Secretary Anoop Mishra said the cost of giving laptops to all students clearing Class XII and tablets to all students clearing Class X was about Rs 3,000 crore. The total estimated number of such students is about 50 lakh.
An unemployment allowance of Rs 1,000 per month will be given to those above 35 years who are matriculate. There are about nine lakh such people.
Other decisions included giving a financial assistance of Rs 30,000 to all Muslim girls who have cleared Class X,for their further studies and wedding,constructing boundary walls of graveyards,giving postings to constables and head constables near their home districts,and installing close-circuit cameras at all level crossings in Lucknow for better traffic and law and order management.