The state of Uttar Pradesh (UP) is all set to distribute free laptops to school-leavers. This will cost the UP governement a whopping Rs 2,800 crore. The distribution is going to begin soon.
The laptops will have tamper-proof images of ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav and son and Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on their covers.
The laptops were promised by the SP during last year's assembly election campaign and in keeping with that, the images of the two Yadavs will be accompanied by the words "Poore hote vaade" (Fulfilling the promises) and the logo of the state government. Not only that, each time the system is booted out pops a screensaver with images of the two Yadavs.
The first lot of laptops, in black and graphite grey, Hewlett Packard (HP) are being imported from its manufacturing unit in China and would then be customised at its unit in Pantnagar, Uttarakhand.
The government will also give government logo-inscribed backpacks for the laptops. An education software pack has also been loaded into in the laptops. The laptops would also have free open source Ubuntu and Linux other than Windows 7 Home Basic.