Goa to distribute 15,000 laptops among students

Last Updated: Saturday, July 13, 2013 - 19:03

Panaji: Goa government will distribute 15,000 free laptops amongst students in the state by the end of July, sources said on Saturday.

The state government has secured a deal with vendors that will bring it a discount of Rs 4,000 on the price of each laptop, thus saving the exchequer a total Rs 6 crore on procurement cost, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has said.

The branded laptops of a similar configuration had come at a price of Rs 21,000 each last year.
The scheme, which would cost the state government about Rs 25 crore this year, is meant to benefit higher secondary students.

The `Cyberage Scheme` of providing computers or laptops to students was started by Parrikar during his earlier term as CM about a decade back.

But the scheme was mismanaged by the previous government, he alleged.
The laptops which were earlier purchased by the state education department are now being procured through a tendering process by the state-run Infotech Corporation Goa Limited (ITGL).

ITGL Managing Director Nilesh Faldesai said that laptops would be provided to all the 15,000-odd students by the end of July.

Students from professional colleges and technical institutes, too, would be covered under the scheme from this year.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, July 13, 2013 - 19:03

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