Karnataka govt. is going to start Free Laptop Scheme 2019-20 for 1.1 lakh undergraduate students. The cabinet committee has decided that in 2019, 1st and 2nd year students of UG courses in College will get free of cost laptops. Moreover in 2020 academic year, only 1st year students would be eligible for the Karnataka Free Laptop Government Scheme. The muft laptop yojana was previously only for SC / ST candidates in Karnataka but its scope was later expanded for all students.
Free Laptop Scheme for UG students in Karnataka would cost around Rs. 330 crore to the state exchequer. The Karnataka Free Laptop Government Scheme list of beneficiaries would be made available soon after collecting the official data.
The state cabinet has also decided to start a new CM Rural Sumarga Scheme in which govt. will spend Rs. 7,182 crore in next 5 years on 24,246 Km of roads.
Karnataka Free Laptop Scheme 2019-2020 for UG Students
The cabinet committee of Karnataka govt. has approved the roll-out of long-pending Free Laptop Scheme 2019-2020 to provide free of cost laptops to college students. The state govt. has already announced to extend the Muft Latop Yojana for 1st year degree students of all categories as it was limited previously to only SC / ST students. Around 1,09,916 students pursuing degree courses in all colleges under Higher Education Department will receive free laptops at the cost of Rs 311 crores.
As students who were initially identified as Karnataka Free Laptop Government Scheme beneficiaries have proceeded to 2nd year, so only for this year, 2nd year students are also eligible. A new scheme namely Chief Minister Grameen Sumarga also got approval to ensure maintenance of priority rural roads. Accordingly, 24,246 kms of rural roads will be taken up for asphalting, repair, patchwork, reconstruction etc. as required. This would be done in phase wise manner annually for the next 5 years with an outlay of Rs. 7182 crores.
From existing 50% reservation for forest dwellers in post of forest watchers, the cabinet also approved 30% reservation for community for posts of forest guards. The cabinet committee has also approved revision of salaries for more than 3,600 temple workers including clerks and sanitation workers in temples under the Muzrai department.
Karnataka cabinet also approves hospital and related developmental works in Ramanagar at cost of Rs. 400 crore. Tumakuru and Kunigal will now be able to get water from Hemavathi as cabinet approves 2 irrigation projects to ensure flow of water to Tumakuru and pipeline connectivity for Kunigal.