Food grains are not the only thing rotting in Government godowns in India. It appears some 4.4 lakh laptops, each costing thousands of rupees, is rotting away in Uttar Pradesh.
According to a news report, more than 4.4 lakh laptops bought with Rs 830 cr of the tax payers money to fulfill the government’s election promise of giving free laptops to students, is gathering dust in a godown “exposed to dirt and rain water” as Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Akhilesh Yadav doesn’t have time to distribute them.
The Samajwadi Party’s chief minister has been able to distribute only 79,000 laptops to students, reported the Times of India which added that about 75 laptops have already been damaged. Yadav, it seems, wants to milk more political mileage out of the free laptop scheme with the parliamentary elections round the corner.
The Uttar Pradesh government order was won by Hewlett Packard, which according to Gartner is the third largest PC supplier in India.
The freely distributed laptop had a built in wallpaper of Akhilesh Yadav and his father Mulayam Singh Yadav. Reportedly, removing these wall papers caused the laptops to crash. Government officials later clarified that it wasn’t the wall paper but the BIOS splash screen which would cause a problem if someone tried to change it.
Free laptops were also distributed by Tamil Nadu government as part of their poll promise.