Free Laptop Distribution, a flagship scheme of Uttar Pradesh government has been proposed with a budget of Rs. 1800 crore by the newly formed BJP government led by Yogi Adityanath. The state government of Uttar Pradesh has proposed Rs. 1000 Crore less than what Akhilesh’s government proposed during 2012-13.
The BJP government mentioned the free laptop distribution scheme in its Lok Kalyan Sankalp Patra presented ahead of the elections in the state. In 2012, the education department estimated distribution of free laptops to more than 18 Lakh students but now the department estimates that the number of students who will be given free laptops is about 12 Lakh.
According to the proposal, the state government would provide free laptops along with 2GB data to 12th Pass students who take admission in higher studies. As per the proposal, each unit of laptop would cost about Rs. 15ooo which has been accepted in principle and is likely to be tabled in the budget session.
The free laptop scheme for the year 2017-18 would provide free laptops to 12th pass students for their help in higher studies. One of the main objective of the scheme is to encourage youth to continue their studies after schooling and pursue higher education. The scheme may prove to be of great help for the students especially those belonging to the economically backward section of the society and not able to afford laptops.
The new state government of UP taking up several initiatives to improve the education level in the state. Rs. 2500 crore has been earmarked for distribution of school bags, uniform, and books to students up to 12th class belonging to poor families.
The state government will soon introduce a new scheme for the modernization of about 350 schools in the state. The government has allocated Rs. 175 crore for the new scheme which is likely to be named as “Atal Utkrisht Vidhyalaya Yojna”.