Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Monday launched free laptop scheme for intermediate pass students as promised in the manifesto during assembly elections last year.
"There is no difference in the words and act of Samajwadi Party. We made efforts to fulfill our promises within a year," Yadav said while launching the scheme at a function. He said when the project was being prepared, people said it would not take off.

"Nobody expected from SP that it will talk about English and laptop, but the party realized the change and took an initiative," he said.

"It is true that a number of people were waiting for the scheme. Opposition parties were waiting for it, but students and youths were waiting for it more eagerly," he said.

Samajwadi Party in its manifesto had promised to distribute free laptops to all intermediate students.

"The children will enter a new world and get the benefit of progressive education," - Akhilesh

"Laptop and internet have changed everything, whether it is government functioning or field of education. We want that tomorrow the world should not say that we have not done internet-based progressive education," he said.

Guidelines for free laptops in UP

Processor Latest Generation 64 bit Multicore X 86 Intel Pentium or equivalent to AMD processor
Memory 2GB DDR 1333 MHz RAM expandable to 4 GB
Display LED HD 14” with 1366* 768 resolution or higher
Hard Disk Drive 500 GB SATA 5400 RPM or higher
Audio Dual In-built speakers
Web Camera Yes
Qualifying benchmark BAPCO Sysmark 2007 overall score of 112 or higher with Windows 7 professional and 2GB memory
Graphics card Integrated graphics Minimum 128 MB VRAM or higher
Ports I/O port, minimum 3 USB 2.0 ports, Microphone jacks, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, Headphone/speaker out, RJ-45, AC Power
LAN Ethernet Controller 10/100 Mbps or higher
Wireless Wireless 802.11 q/b/g or higher and standard Bluetooth
Keyboard Standard full size keyboard with touchpad
Optical Drive DVD R/W
Operating system Preloaded Dual boot-Primary boot: Windows 7 starter with Anti-Virus
AC Power adapter Input voltage range: 110-250 V, 50 Hz with necessary cables
Accessories Power cable, Power adapter with chargers, Users manual and backpack
Battery type Standard Re-chargeable 6 Cell Li-Ion (45WHr) with minimum 3 hours battery backup
Material Polyester fabric, nylon bonded thread, zippers and sliders
Compartments Three compartment bag with padded sleeves, Utility pocket in front and side pockets
Logo and Images Government logo, Scheme Logo and Scheme name

"Through internet, the children will enter a new world and get the benefit of progressive education," Yadav said.
He said more than the beneficiaries, SP government was happy with the implementation of the scheme.

The manifesto is the most important document of any party, he said. "One party never prepared the manifesto (for assembly elections). There is one which backtrack from its promises. There is no difference in the words and act of SP," he said.

"Unemployment increased due to wrong policies of the previous government" - Akhilesh

Yadav said his party had never levelled allegation against anyone in case of mishaps or tragedies and alleged there were people who try to take political advantage of an incident.

"If there was a riot, we made efforts to take action against the people responsible. If there was a stampede, we never level allegation on anyone, but think that how people were taken to a safe place," he said.
He alleged that unemployment had increased due to wrong policies of the previous government and said his government was trying to create new opportunities to increase investment.


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