Uttarakhand CM launches Free mobile, tablet scheme for students

Chief Minister Shri Pushkar Singh Dhami

The Uttarakhand Chief Minister Shri Pushkar Singh Dhami launched the Free Mobile and Tablet Distribution scheme on Saturday. He gave 100 mobiles and tablets to selected students at a small ceremony held at the Government Girl Inter College at Rajpur Road.

Under the scheme, over 2.65 lakh students of government degree colleges and class 10th and 12th students of various government run schools will be targeted under the scheme.

Speaking on the occasion, the CM said that an amount of Rs 12,000 is being provided to students through direct benefit transfer (DBT). So far, over 1.59 lakh students of classes 10th and 12th of government schools have been benefited. Amid the pandemic, school and college education is taking place online and the students who couldn’t afford a tablet, smartphone or a laptop are being given free mobiles and tablets to ensure that they don’t miss out on their classes.

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Meanwhile, the state government has also facilitated 500 government schools with virtual classes, while 600 more schools will start virtual classes soon. The state government has kept a target of establishing 1418 smart classes at 709 government schools across the state by January 15.