These laptops would be given to students who will clear class 12 examinations of the UP Board
Lucknow: IT major HP India has bagged the contract to supply 15 lakh laptops to the Uttar Pradesh government at a unit cost of Rs.19, 058.
The cost per unit will include all taxes and duty cost. The purchase cost of the 15 lakh laptops would total about Rs 2,858 crore.
The council of ministers approved the decision in a cabinet meeting after the recommendations made by the evaluation and technical committee of UP Electronics Corporation were reviewed by it.
The distribution of free laptops to all students passing Class 12 was a major promise of the ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) in the run-up to the state assembly polls.
The state government also authorised the UP Electronics Corporation to issue a letter of intent (LOI) to HP India Sales Private Limited for the purchase of laptops.
The party had also promised that free computer tablets would be given to students clearing their Class 10 exams. The process of purchasing computer tablets is underway, an official said.
Earlier, the purchase of laptops was delayed thrice owing to the mammoth scale of the tender.