Raining freebies in Madhya Pradesh: Students to get free books, laptops

More than 23 lakh government school students to get books free of cost

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan giving away prizes to students who topped in MP board exams Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan giving away prizes to students who topped in MP board exams

More than 23 lakh students of 7,640 government high schools and higher secondary schools in Madhya Pradesh will get syllabus books free of cost, while 22,000 students of class 12 who secured above 75 per cent will get laptops this year.

The commissioner of state education department issued a circular on Saturday to all district collectors of Madhya Pradesh asking them to form a committee and send requisition to state headquarters about the exact number of students taking admissions this academic year. 

After ascertaining the number of students who require books, the Madhya Pradesh Text Book Corporation will get the same number of books printed. The books will be distributed at public functions by local MLAs or public representatives before the start of new school session this year. 

In another scheme, the government will distribute cash to over 22,000 students of class 12 who secured more than 85 per cent marks. The scheme, named "Medhavi Chhatra Protsahan Yojana" entitles students of scheduled caste and scheduled tribes for laptops if they have secured above 75 per cent marks. The students under this scheme, instead of getting laptop, would get Rs 25,000 through account transfer. They can later buy laptop of their choice, a government official said. The government will spend more than Rs 55 crore on this scheme from the funds of Madhya Pradesh Board of Secondary Education. 

The distribution of laptop money will be done at Bhopal on June 11 at the local Lal Parade ground where students across the state would be ferried to. They would also listen to Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan's speech. The chief minister is holding an average of at least three such meetings with people every day in the election year.

With the BJP government on a distributing spree, CBSE school students who passed exams with similar marks are now demanding laptops. However, school education minister Deepak Joshi said the money for this scheme is sourced from the state board. The state government would think about it if the CBSE agrees to fund the scheme, he said.