Ahmedabad, August 12: With an aim to the digitization of the state, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on Friday launched a scheme under which at least 3.5 lakh college students will get tablets at a subsidized rate of Rs 1,000.
Several students, who had already registered for the scheme have received the tablets from the chief minister himself at the launch ceremony in Ahmedabad on Friday. However, under this scheme, the first year college students in the state will get 7-inch 'NAMO E-Tab' tablets, which have a market value of Rs 8,000 each, by just paying Rs 1,000.
On this occasion, Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani said, "Our aim is to realise the dream of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to build a new India. Though the tablets, made by well-known companies, are worth Rs 8000 in the market, we are giving it at a token rate of Rs 1,000 to the college students."
CM Rupani also said that the government is not distributing such tablets for free because people, usually do not value such (free) things. He also announced that the government will spend around Rs 30 crore, earned through the distribution of such subsidized tablets, on building digital infrastructure on college campuses across the state.
"I want to announce that we will utilize that money in making all the college campuses WiFi-enabled. We will also spend that money to set up e-libraries and digital classrooms across the state," CM Rupani added.
Taking on the upcoming assembly elections in Gujarat CM Rupani said that the BJP government does not believe in giving false promises to win votes. "Whenever election comes, parties promise to give laptops, houses and what not. But, we do not walk on that path. Our aim is to transform our youth into the new age power, not just new age voters. I am confident that these tablets will open new frontiers for our students," he concluded.