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.