Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on Friday distributed E-Tablets to college and university students, at Gujarat University’s convention hall in Ahmedabad.
Around 50 tablets were distributed during the event.
He said the BJP government does not view the youth as vote bank, but new age power.
“During elections, national parties give promises that if they are elected, they will give laptops, and even will give the entire world… They know that they will not come to power, so there is no loss in making promises. But, we have decided that the new age voters are not merely voters, but new age power. We look at them not as voters, but as nation’s power,” said Rupani.
He said that his government was for “the poor and the middle class and not for the affluent class”.
“This is how our government is and for this various schemes like generic medicine stores, the Gujarat Self Financed Schools (Regulation of Fees) Act 2017 and now the NAMO e-tablets have been brought. Instead of piles of books and notebooks, this one tablet will empower you to have the world in your hand,” the CM said.
“The poor and the middle class do not need anything, but only expect opportunities. Thus, the government has decided to give them opportunities and resources like new universities and policies to help start-ups, enabling the youth in Gujarat to be a job giver and not a job seeker… The government is concerned about the middle class and thus, we have decided to give tablets in Rs 1000”, he added.
Around three lakh students would be given the tablets at a token price of Rs 1,000 .
The government claimed that the market price of such a tablet would be around Rs 7,000 to Rs 8,000.
200 crores has been allotted for this scheme and two companies Acer and Lenovo were shortlisted through the tendering process.
So far, 15,4960 students have registered on the online portal for the tablets.
The similar programme will be held shortly at Saurashtra, Surat, Bhavnagar and Vadodara.