Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav on Monday distributed over 8,000 laptops to students who passed Class XII in 2012,and are admitted to colleges in the state. Akhilesh gave away the laptops in fulfilment of an election promise. The chief minister also announced nearly 40 development projects amounting to Rs 3,700 crore.
Some of the major development projects are a multi-level parking lot near Vaishali Metro station at a cost of Rs 35 crore and the Ghaziabad collectorate to be built at a cost of Rs 15 crore. An elevated road over NH-24 and a link road connecting NH-24 with NH-58 was also announced by the UP CM.
According to SPs Ghaziabad district president Rashid Malik,the CM distributed 8,074 laptops to students in Ghaziabad on Monday.
Meanwhile,a group of girl students from a private college protested on Varanasi-Mughalsarai GT Road,demanding that their names be included in the list of beneficiaries of the laptop scheme. However,government officials at the venue said that the chief ministers scheme is meant only for students of colleges run or aided by the government.
Sakshi Choudhary from MMH PG College in Ghaziabad said she was encouraged by the laptops given to her and her batchmates. Students present at the venue told Newsline that apart from students from private colleges,students enrolled in universities in other states have been excluded from the scheme as they are now outsiders.
Waseem Khan,an engineering student in Modi Nagar said,I have never owned a laptop before and this would help me in my field of study. Along with the HP laptops,the students were also given free laptop bags.
Students protested and blocked traffic for nearly an hour during which two girls students fainted and were later taken to a nearby hospital. When they refused to leave,police called the principal of the college to intervene,according to officers present at the spot.