The state government of Karnataka is planning to add more beneficiaries in free laptop scheme for undergraduate students. This scheme is being operated by the state higher education department. The government is discussing about increasing the income limit of the eligible households to spread the scheme coverage.
The free laptop scheme was announced by the state government in the 2017 annual budget for all undergraduate students. Karnataka government had allocated Rs. 225 crore for the scheme in its 2017-18 financial budget. But earlier this scheme was started only to SC/ST students but the government is now planning to include students from other categories as well.
Free Laptop Scheme Karnataka
According to the notification, the state government may modify the income limit so that more students can avail of the benefits of the free laptop scheme. The department of higher education may increase the income limit from present Rs. 2.5 lakh to 6 Lakh per annum.
As per the released notice, if state government revise the income limit then around 10 percent more beneficiaries will be added under free laptop scheme. At present, this scheme doesn’t cover those students who are studying in various courses like B.Ed, Law, Agriculture and veterinary courses. But, students of these courses are also demanding to be included for free laptops under the scheme.
The government had an early target of distributing about 1.5 Lakh laptops to the students across the state but the number may increase by up to 10% after the revision in income limit and category of beneficiaries.
Once all the contours of the scheme are finalized, the government would invite tenders from the laptop manufacturers to put an order. The government is also deciding about the configuration of the laptops. Once the order is finalized, the government would give two months to the company to supply the laptops.