Tamil Nadu spent Rs 6,456 crore for free laptop scheme

The Tamil Nadu Government has spent Rs 6,456.44 crore over the past five years on the free laptop scheme.

Minister for Information and Special Programmes Implementation, K T Rajendra Balaji, today reviewed the laptop scheme which was initiated by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa in 2011.

The idea behind the scheme is to help students, who are studying in government-run and government-supported schools and colleges, and equip them to meet the requirements of digital era.

The Minister in a statement said that the scheme was launched to help the students and making them ready for the current century.

The programme was launched in September 2011 and till 2015-16 Rs 6,456.44 crore and laptops were distributed to 31,76,018 students and the programme achieved 100 per cent success, said the Minister, who claimed that the scheme was a hit among school students.

The Jayalalithaa led Government has been giving major thrust for the education sector as part of her government focus has been social welfare projects and schemes to improve state's social indicators, including in the health and education sectors.

Allocation to eduction sector increased by 116 per cent to Rs 84,568 crore in the last five years, as compared to Rs 39,058 crore allotted by DMK's regime. Due to steps taken by her Government, she claims Gross Enrollment Ratio has reached 44.8 per cent as compared to 18 per cent. While at the national level in the last five year enrollment for higher education rose by 8.6 per cent, in Tamil Nadu it was increased by 26.8 per cent.