Of late, Rajasthan has been a state of India which has made headlines in the education sector mostly for the wrong reasons. It is already a well acknowledged fact that the state has not progressed much on educational grounds which has often been a cause of concern and anxiety for the government.
Recently, the state government expressed its keen ambitions to promote education among its citizens by a rather benevolent gesture. Ashok Gehlot, The Chief Minister of Rajasthan was seen distributing free laptops and money to students under the Rajiv Gandhi Vidyarthi Digital Scheme. The event was on lines of the state government’s eager willingness to promote IT and technical education among the students.
Ashok Gehlot said, “Such decisions and beneficial schemes would benefit one and all including the students, the youth as well as the upcoming future generations. Such steps will empower them and enhance their skills through which they can achieve goals and make a handsome living by themselves.”
According to him the event marked the distribution of Rs. 6000 cheques among the children who passed middle school in order to assist them financially for buying PC tablets. He also said that the state government would gradually distribute as many as 112,000 laptops among the students over a period of two years.
Interestingly, Rajasthan government has plans to provide such tablet-PC to around 3,50,000 students in the state. He had also announced this scheme in his 2013-14 budget address. He also said that in the second phase of the scheme, 14-inch laptops would be provided to 110,000 students belonging to the current and previous sessions.
On the auspicious occasion, Gehlot expressed his pride and honour for being able to play a part in fulfilling India former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi’s dream of leading India into the global league of superpowers. He said that the scheme has been introduced in the honour of Rajiv Gandhi who wanted India to ascend into the 21st century as a nation empowered and developed enough to stand in queue with the global best of the lot.
The initiative won accolades from the Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad who also graced the event with his presence and encouraged the state government’s diligence pertaining to education. The union minister was particularly impressed with Gehlot’s willingness to fulfil Rajiv Gandhi’s dreams besides having a keen foresight for the development of the future generations.
As a matter of fact, Indian politicians have often targeted the distribution of free laptops among the students as a media to get political mileage and credibility among the masses. The intention of the Rajasthan government behind the scheme still remains to be seen as many intent eyes lie gazing in speculation.
Of late, such schemes have often been embroiled in controversies owing to lapses on behalf of the political parties. Recently, the Uttar Pradesh government which initiated a similar scheme is yet to absolve the matter pertaining to the payment of the Rs. 900 Crore bill issued by Hewlett Packard (HP) - the suppliers of the free laptops. Hence yet another free laptop distribution scheme will be eagerly watched with bated breath by many an eye around the nation.