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Akhilesh's free laptops: Quite a gift even for the 'computer-illiterate'

Gulam Jeelani , Hindustan Times  Lucknow, July 27, 2013
First Published: 18:36 IST(27/7/2013) | Last Updated: 18:39 IST(27/7/2013)

Even the 'computer-illiterate' were happy to receive laptops from Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav during the second phase of distribution in Lucknow on Saturday.

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"Do you know how to operate the gadget?" the chief minister asked Abdul Mannan, 20, a second year student of Lucknow's Mumtaz PG College right before handing it over to him. An excited Mannan said, "I don't know how to use it. But, since you have given it, I would definitely learn the ways."

He was one of the 15 students from the minority education institute to have received the gift from the chief minister himself.

In all 19,183 students were given the laptops at 46 educational institutions across the state capital. Earlier, the programmes were scheduled to be held on July 10, which was postponed.

The chief minister highlighted the success of the laptop distribution scheme and said, "The youth played a pivotal role in helping us in removing an autocratic government from the state. These laptops will help youngsters fetch good jobs besides bridging the digital divides."

It may be recalled that the state government's free laptop scheme for Class 12 passouts had bagged the Certificate of Excellence Award in the category of best government initiative in education at the two-day e-governance conclave in Hyderabad that concluded on July 24.

Yadav launched the Samajwadi Party government's free laptop scheme on March 11 to fulfil the promise made in the Samajwadi Party poll manifesto.

During the first phase, he personally distributed about 10,000 gadgets in Lucknow. Nearly 80,000 laptops have been distributed across the state so far against the target of 15 lakh.


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